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bewail

[bih-weyl] /bɪˈweɪl/
verb (used with object)
1.
to express deep sorrow for; lament:
a little child bewailing the loss of her dog.
verb (used without object)
2.
to express grief.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English; see be-, wail
Related forms
bewailingly, adverb
bewailment, noun
unbewailed, adjective
unbewailing, adjective
Synonyms
1. bemoan, mourn.
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Examples from the web for bewail
  • Humanitarian agencies, with an eye on external financing, bewail the lack of development.
  • But light is surely coming, and the friends of destruction will preach and bewail in vain.
  • He who is the cause of his own misfortune may bewail it himself.
British Dictionary definitions for bewail

bewail

/bɪˈweɪl/
verb
1.
to express great sorrow over (a person or thing); lament
Derived Forms
bewailed, adjective
bewailer, noun
bewailing, noun, adjective
bewailingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for bewail
v.

c.1300, from be- + wail (v.). Related: Bewailed; bewailing.

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