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[bih-weep] /bɪˈwip/
verb (used with object), bewept, beweeping. Archaic.
to weep over (something):
to beweep one's foolish mistakes.
Origin of beweep
before 1000; Middle English bewepen, Old English bewēpan. See be-, weep1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In the evening Aurora, accompanied by the Hours and the Pleiads, bewept her son.

  • A bloody and hateful devil—a bewept, bewailed, and sainted martyr—all in a month!

    Sketches New and Old, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • All at once she was reminded of the storied tree hard by, the tragedy of which she had often bewept.

    Wolf's Head Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
  • She gan bewail the stalwart Iring and bewept his wounds, indeed her grief was passing sharp.

  • And mournful and with a heavy heart he bewept the extinction of that beam of heaven.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • The Empire was bewept,—let us acknowledge the fact,—and bewept by heroic eyes.

    Les Misrables Victor Hugo
  • King Saman-lal-posh—Jessamine, wearer of rubies—had so bewept the loss of his sons that he was now blind.

    The Brown Fairy Book Andrew Lang
Word Origin and History for bewept



Old English bewepan, cognate with Old Frisian biwepa, Old Saxon biwopian; see be- + weep. Related: Bewept.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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