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lamentation

[lam-uh n-tey-shuh n] /ˌlæm ənˈteɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of lamenting or expressing grief.
2.
a lament.
3.
Lamentations, (used with a singular verb) a book of the Bible, traditionally ascribed to Jeremiah.
Abbreviation: Lam.
Origin of lamentation
1325-1375
1325-75; < Latin lāmentātiōn- (stem of lāmentātiō), equivalent to lāmentāt(us) (past participle of lāmentārī; see lament) + -iōn- -ion; replacing Middle English lamentacioun < Anglo-FrenchLatin, as above
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  • She threatened the gallows, and handcuffs, and perpetual imprisonment, and an action for damages amidst her lamentations.

    The Way We Live Now Anthony Trollope
  • Her days and nights were passed in lamentations, tears, and prayers.

    King Philip John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
  • My good Roger, I weary you with my lamentations; but whom can we weary, if not our friends?

    The Cross of Berny Emile de Girardin
  • No, certainly Uthoug junior had not come with lamentations and condolences.

    The Great Hunger Johan Bojer
  • She almost hated him when she thought of going home to hear her mother's lamentations over her failure, and her sister's taunts.

    Little Golden's Daughter Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller
  • Leaving Corny to his lamentations, the duke walked towards the door.

    Jack Hinton Charles James Lever
  • In an adjacent room were heard the sobbings and lamentations of women and children.

British Dictionary definitions for lamentations

Lamentations

/ˌlæmɛnˈteɪʃənz/
noun (functioning as sing)
1.
a book of the Old Testament, traditionally ascribed to the prophet Jeremiah, lamenting the destruction of Jerusalem
2.
a musical setting of these poems

lamentation

/ˌlæmɛnˈteɪʃən/
noun
1.
a lament; expression of sorrow
2.
the act of lamenting
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Word Origin and History for lamentations

Lamentations

n.

Biblical book, late 14c., short for Lamentations of Jeremiah, from Latin Lamentationes, translating Greek Threnoi (see lamentation).

lamentation

n.

late 14c., from Old French lamentacion and directly from Latin lamentationem (nominative lamentatio) "wailing, moaning, weeping," noun of action from past participle stem of lamentari "to wail, moan, weep, lament," from lamentum "a wailing," from PIE root *la- "to shout, cry," probably ultimately imitative. Replaced Old English cwiþan.

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lamentations in the Bible

(Heb. qinah), an elegy or dirge. The first example of this form of poetry is the lament of David over Saul and Jonathan (2 Sam. 1:17-27). It was a frequent accompaniment of mourning (Amos 8:10). In 2 Sam. 3:33, 34 is recorded David's lament over Abner. Prophecy sometimes took the form of a lament when it predicted calamity (Ezek. 27:2, 32; 28:12; 32:2, 16).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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