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[bih-mohn] /bɪˈmoʊn/
verb (used with object)
to express distress or grief over; lament:
to bemoan one's fate.
to regard with regret or disapproval.
Origin of bemoan
before 1000; be- + moan; replacing bemene, Middle English bimenen, Old English bimǣnan (bi- be- + mǣnan to moan)
Related forms
bemoaningly, adverb
unbemoaned, adjective Unabridged
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  • Literary critics bemoan her cardboard characters and tabloid style.
  • Many posts here bemoan the preparedness of undergrads.
  • Critics bemoan the emphasis on the way candidates look as a perverse product of media-oriented campaigns.
  • Some observers decry and bemoan the decline of traditional news venues.
  • Away from the conference, locals bemoan the cultural pressure to overeat and the general complacency about being big.
  • The authors, too, may bemoan the festival's increasingly unwieldy size.
  • Economists the world over bemoan their compatriots' dismal grasp of the dismal science.
  • You'd think that a movie about fashion would get the clothes right, but fashionistas bemoan its lack of chic.
  • Those on the left bemoan the radical right, yet turn a blind eye to the radical left.
  • The prospect makes some economists bemoan what they see as yet another nail driven into the coffin of anti-trust enforcement.
British Dictionary definitions for bemoan


to grieve over (a loss, etc); mourn; lament (esp in the phrase bemoan one's fate)
Word Origin
Old English bemǣnan; see be-, moan
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Word Origin and History for bemoan

Old English bemænan "to bemoan, wail, lament;" see be- + moan (v.). Related: Bemoaned; bemoaning.

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