What does lament mean?

Definitions for lamentləˈmɛnt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word lament.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. lament, lamentation, plaint, wail(noun)

    a cry of sorrow and grief

    "their pitiful laments could be heard throughout the ward"

  2. dirge, coronach, lament, requiem, threnody(noun)

    a song or hymn of mourning composed or performed as a memorial to a dead person

  3. elegy, lament(verb)

    a mournful poem; a lament for the dead

  4. lament, keen(verb)

    express grief verbally

    "we lamented the death of the child"

  5. deplore, lament, bewail, bemoan(verb)

    regret strongly

    "I deplore this hostile action"; "we lamented the loss of benefits"


  1. lament(Noun)

    An expression of grief, suffering, or sadness.

  2. lament(Noun)

    A song expressing grief.

  3. lament(Verb)

    To express grief.

  4. lament(Verb)

    To bewail.

  5. Origin: From lamenter, from lamentor, from lamenta; with formative -mentum, from the root *, seen also in latrare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lament(verb)

    to express or feel sorrow; to weep or wail; to mourn

  2. Lament(verb)

    to mourn for; to bemoan; to bewail

  3. Lament

    grief or sorrow expressed in complaints or cries; lamentation; a wailing; a moaning; a weeping

  4. Lament

    an elegy or mournful ballad, or the like

  5. Origin: [L. lamentum. Cf. Lament, v.]


  1. Lament

    A lament or lamentation is a song, poem, or piece of music expressing grief, regret, or mourning.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Lament

    la-ment′, v.i. to utter grief in outcries: to wail: to mourn.—v.t. to mourn for: to deplore.—n. sorrow expressed in cries: an elegy or mournful ballad.—adj. Lam′entable, deserving or expressing sorrow: sad: pitiful, despicable.—adv. Lam′entably.—n. Lamentā′tion, act of lamenting: audible expression of grief: wailing: (pl., B.) a book of Jeremiah.—p.adj. Lament′ed, bewailed: mourned.—adv. Lament′ingly, with lamentation. [Fr. lamenter—L. lamentāri.]

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Anagrams for lament »

  1. mantle

  2. malent

  3. mental

  4. mantel


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lament in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lament in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Lillian Eichler Watson:

    There has never been an age that did not applaud the past and lament the present.

  2. Max Borders:

    We saw the car displacing horses, buggies and buggy whips, but we don’t lament that passage, do we?

  3. Farris Wilks:

    We lament and mourn the great sin of our nation, the many millions of babies murdered, and we pray that you turn these people away from this evil.

  4. Simon Pokagon:

    Shall not one line lament our forest race, Struck out for you from wild creation's face Freedom-the selfsame freedom you adore-Bade us defend our violated shore.

  5. Peter Medawar:

    Today the world changes so quickly that in growing up we take leave not just of youth but of the world we were young in ... Fear and resentment of what is new is really a lament for the memories of our childhood.

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Translations for lament

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • lamentar, lamentCatalan, Valencian
  • Klagelied, Klagegesang, wehklagen, beklagenGerman
  • konyifafa, konyifaha, fa konyiEwe
  • lamento, lamentar, lamentaciónSpanish
  • Persian
  • valittaa, valitusvirsi, itkeä, valitus, surraFinnish
  • se lamenter, complainte, plaindre, lamentationFrench
  • caoinIrish
  • cumha, caoidh, caoin, caoineadh, tuireadhScottish Gaelic
  • եղերերգություն, հառաչանք, գանգատվել, տրտնջալ, սգալ, տրտունջ, գանգատ, ողբալ, եղերերգArmenian
  • syrgja, harmaIcelandic
  • lamentarsi, lamentoItalian
  • לִסְפּוֹדHebrew
  • 嘆くJapanese
  • dēfleōLatin
  • bejéimerenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • uhunga, apakura, taurere, mōteateaMāori
  • klaagzangDutch
  • sorg, sørgeNorwegian
  • lamentPolish
  • lamento, lamentar, lamentaçãoPortuguese
  • boci, lamentaRomanian
  • оплакивать, похоронная песнь, сокрушаться, горевать, стенание, погребальная песнь, причитание, панихида, плакать, завывание, элегия, горько жаловаться, стенать, сетоватьRussian
  • lelek, tužbalica, tužaljka, tugovanka, jadikovanjeSerbo-Croatian
  • 哀嘆Chinese

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