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Princeton's WordNet

  1. deplore, lament, bewail, bemoanverb

    regret strongly

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


  1. bemoanverb

    to complain about; to dismay or worry about something

    He bemoaned the drought but went on watering his lawn.

  2. Etymology: From bemenen, bimenen, from bemænan, equivalent to. Alteration of vowel from Middle to Modern English due to analogy with moan.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Bemoanverb

    To lament; to bewail; to express sorrow for.

    Etymology: from to moan.

    He falls, he fills the house with heavy groans,
    Implores their pity, and his pain bemoans. John Dryden, Æneid.

    The gods themselves the ruin’d seats bemoan,
    And blame the mischiefs that themselves have done. Joseph Addison, Remarks on Italy.


  1. bemoan

    To bemoan is to express grief, sorrow, dissatisfaction, or disapproval about something; to complain or lament over something.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bemoanverb

    to express deep grief for by moaning; to express sorrow for; to lament; to bewail; to pity or sympathize with

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bemoan

    be-mōn′, v.t. to lament: bewail: to pity.—v.i. to grieve.—ns. Bemoan′er; Bemoan′ing.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bemoan in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bemoan in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of bemoan in a Sentence

  1. Luigi Di Maio:

    Either we get into our heads that we have to start again quickly ... or else future generations will bemoan the follies of politicians who were fighting over (cabinet) seats rather than thinking about Italy’s problems.

  2. Ali Shihabi:

    Now critics will bemoan lack of names and details on each case but we must remember that individuals themselves have no desire to be named.

  3. Jeffrey Salkin:

    The rise in antisemitism, of course, fills all American Jews and others with deep fear, we need Gov. DeSantis to speak out loudly and clearly when antisemitic acts take place in Florida itself. Especially those that have been perpetrated by far-right, White-supremacist elements. It is not enough to nearly bemoan ‘woke politics.’ He must also bemoan the reactionary forces that have endangered Jewish life and lives for centuries.

  4. Theodore Roszak:

    To bemoan the messiness of politics is not just a folly it betrays a dangerous impatience with basic realities. It is like becoming disturbed that people do not fall in love sensibly -- and so deciding to computerize the problem.

  5. Esther Herzfeld:

    I don’t ask, ‘Why did this happen to us and to our kids?’ that’s an unanswerable question— that’s a stupid question. I don’t have time to bemoan my fate. I just have to find comfort to go on.

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