What does lament mean?

Definitions for lament

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. lament, lamentation, plaint, wailnoun

    a cry of sorrow and grief

    "their pitiful laments could be heard throughout the ward"

  2. dirge, coronach, lament, requiem, threnodynoun

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

  3. elegy, lamentverb

    a mournful poem; a lament for the dead

  4. lament, keenverb

    express grief verbally

    "we lamented the death of the child"

  5. deplore, lament, bewail, bemoanverb

    regret strongly

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


  1. lamentnoun

    An expression of grief, suffering, or sadness.

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

  2. lamentnoun

    A song expressing grief.

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

  3. lamentverb

    To express grief.

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

  4. lamentverb

    To bewail.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lamentverb

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

    Etymology: [L. lamentum. Cf. Lament, v.]

  2. Lamentverb

    to mourn for; to bemoan; to bewail

    Etymology: [L. lamentum. Cf. Lament, v.]

  3. Lament

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

    Etymology: [L. lamentum. Cf. Lament, v.]

  4. Lament

    an elegy or mournful ballad, or the like

    Etymology: [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

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  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

Examples of lament in a Sentence

  1. Lillian Eichler Watson:

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

  2. 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.

  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. Omar Khayyam:

    Lament not Fortune?s mutability, And seize her fickle favours ere they flee; If others never mourned departed bliss, How should a turn of Fortune come to thee?

  5. Omar Khayyam:

    When morning silvers the dark firmament, Why shrills the bird of dawning his lament? It is to show in dawn?s bright looking-glass How of thy careless life a night is spent.

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  • مرثاةArabic
  • lamentar, lamentCatalan, Valencian
  • Klagelied, Klagegesang, wehklagen, beklagenGerman
  • konyifafa, konyifaha, fa konyiEwe
  • lamento, lamentar, lamentaciónSpanish
  • valittaa, valitusvirsi, itkeä, valitus, surraFinnish
  • se lamenter, complainte, plaindre, lamentationFrench
  • caoinIrish
  • cumha, caoidh, caoin, caoineadh, tuireadhScottish Gaelic
  • विलापHindi
  • 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, sørge, beklageNorwegian
  • 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
  • קלאָגYiddish
  • 哀嘆Chinese

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    transmitting light; able to be seen through with clarity
    • A. urban
    • B. transparent
    • C. tight
    • D. noninvasive

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