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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.
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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Examples from the web for bemoaning
  • We asked of each other's welfare, bemoaning our doleful condition and the change that had come upon us.
  • We will not achieve this by bemoaning the loss of biodiversity or crying out against climate change.
  • bemoaning the younger generation never goes out of style.
  • If anything, they make a show of bemoaning the lovely madness of their desire.
  • All the functions of human duty irritate and lash him forward, bemoaning and chiding, until they are performed.
  • Many a tech enthusiast has said so, bemoaning the fact that the operating system never really got a fair chance in the market.
  • But she's not bemoaning the fact that she's on the cusp of middle age.
  • Amid a chorus of brokers bemoaning the bank's goals, his departure sparked new questions about the integration.
  • He spent much of the run-up to the primary bemoaning it.
  • Look, everybody is bemoaning the movie business today, but it's still a healthy and great business.
British Dictionary definitions for bemoaning


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 bemoaning



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

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