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[luh-ment] /ləˈmɛnt/
verb (used with object)
to feel or express sorrow or regret for:
to lament his absence.
to mourn for or over.
verb (used without object)
to feel, show, or express grief, sorrow, or regret.
to mourn deeply.
an expression of grief or sorrow.
a formal expression of sorrow or mourning, especially in verse or song; an elegy or dirge.
Origin of lament
1520-30; (noun) < Latin lāmentum plaint; (v.) < Latin lāmentārī, derivative of lāmentum
Related forms
lamenter, noun
lamentingly, adverb
1, 2. bewail, bemoan, deplore. 3, 4. grieve, weep. 5. lamentation, moan. 6. monody, threnody. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for lament
  • My first comment in response to you is more of a general lament about modern science than a specific dig at cognitive studies.
  • There he managed to meld abstraction and antiquity, painting and drawing, lament and reverie.
  • Some businesses lament this fact when bad reviews start costing them business.
  • Advocates of hybrid technology often lament the high cost of the cars.
  • Any number of news media stories lament the unpreparedness of camp shelters for the coming deluge.
  • The glare from the sun was bad, it was said, which is a tried-and-true loser's lament in baseball.
  • US private-sector firms lament a lack of clear and consistent policy on clean energy.
  • And no people were around to lament the lack of air conditioning or to be bothered by dragon flies with three foot wingspans.
  • Depending on your view of the admissions landscape, this is either great news-or something to lament.
  • Philosophers themselves know this and often lament this, but have continued to make sure that nothing is done about it.
British Dictionary definitions for lament


to feel or express sorrow, remorse, or regret (for or over)
an expression of sorrow
a poem or song in which a death is lamented
Derived Forms
lamenter, noun
lamentingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin lāmentum
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Word Origin and History for lament

mid-15c., back-formation from lamentation or else from Middle French lamenter "to moan, bewail" (14c.) and directly from Latin lamentari, from lamentum (see lamentation). Related: Lamented; lamenting.


1590s, from Middle French lament and directly from Latin lamentum (see lamentation).

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