What does lament mean?

Definitions for lament

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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.

  2. lamentnoun

    A song expressing grief.

  3. lamentverb

    To express grief.

  4. lamentverb

    To bewail.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Lamentnoun

    Etymology: lamentum, Latin, from the verb.

    Long ere our approaching heard within
    Noise, other than the sound of dance, or song!
    Torment, and loud lament, and furious rage. John Milton.

    The loud laments arise,
    Of one distress’d, and mastiffs mingled cries. Dryden.

    To add to your laments,
    Wherewith you now bedew king Henry’s hearse,
    I must inform you of a dismal fight. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

  2. To Lamentverb

    To bewail; to mourn; to bemoan; to sorrow for.

    Come, now tow’rds Chertsey with your holy load,
    And still, as you are weary of this weight,
    Rest you, while I lament king Henry’s corse. William Shakespeare.

    The pair of sages praise;
    One pity’d, one contemn’d the woful times,
    One laugh’d at follies, one lamented crimes. Dryden.

  3. To LAMENTverb

    To mourn; to wail; to grieve; to express sorrow.

    Etymology: lamentor, Latin; lamenter, French.

    The night has been unruly where we lay;
    And chimneys were blown down: and, as they say,
    Lamentings heard i’ th’ air, strange screams of death. William Shakespeare.

    Ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice. John.

    Jeremiah lamented for Josiah, and all the singing-men and women spake of Josiah in their lamentations. 2 Chron.

    In their wailing they shall take up a lamentation for thee, and lament over thee. Ezek. xxvii. 32.

    Far less I now lament for one whole world
    Of wicked sons destroy’d, than I rejoice
    For one man found so perfect and so just,
    That God vouchsafes to raise another world
    From him. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. xi. l. 874.


  1. Lament

    Lament is the third single and title track from Ultravoxs seventh studio album, released on 21 June 1984. The music video depicting the band members visiting their lovers on a remote Scottish island. The single didn't live up to its smash-hit predecessor, peaking at #22 in the UK music charts and #47 in the New Zealand charts.



    Lament refers to expressing deep sorrow, grief, or regret, typically through passionate verbal or nonverbal means. It is a form of mourning or grieving over a loss or a difficult situation. Lamentations can take the form of songs, poems, speeches, or other artistic expressions, allowing individuals or communities to communicate and cope with their emotions and pain.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lamentverb

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

  2. Lamentverb

    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. 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. malent

  2. mantel

  3. mantle

  4. mental

  5. manlet

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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. Lisa Haisha:

    Once you start that important spiritual housekeeping work, your Imposters will surely protest. Your Victim Imposter might whine: I don’t wanna do the hard work. Don’t make me! Your Egotist Imposter might lament: I already know that I can do the hard work, ergo I don’t need to do it. I don’t have to prove anything to anyone!

  2. Lillian Eichler Watson:

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

  3. 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.

  4. R Chamberlain:

    Too much to lament a misery is the next way to draw on a remediless mischief.

  5. Scott C. Holstad:

    So little of what we observe is Actuality. Do we see/hear the words pouring forth? Are they Truth? I wish and hope but my future is predestined per my parents’ belief and that is denial and death, the deepest pits of hell, the thorniest of crowns, no sympathy, simply guilt, pain, anguish and lament. Call me your Anti-Savior and I’ll take on your pain too.

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  • مرثاةArabic
  • lamentar, lamentCatalan, Valencian
  • beklagen, wehklagen, Klagegesang, KlageliedGerman
  • fa konyi, konyifaha, konyifafaEwe
  • lamentación, lamentar, lamentoSpanish
  • valitusvirsi, surra, valittaa, valitus, itkeäFinnish
  • complainte, plaindre, lamentation, se lamenterFrench
  • caoinIrish
  • caoineadh, caoidh, caoin, cumha, tuireadhScottish Gaelic
  • विलापHindi
  • եղերերգ, տրտունջ, սգալ, ողբալ, գանգատ, տրտնջալ, հառաչանք, գանգատվել, եղերերգությունArmenian
  • syrgja, harmaIcelandic
  • lamentarsi, lamentoItalian
  • לִסְפּוֹדHebrew
  • 嘆くJapanese
  • dēfleōLatin
  • bejéimerenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • apakura, uhunga, mōteatea, taurereMāori
  • klaagzangDutch
  • sorg, beklage, sørgeNorwegian
  • lamentPolish
  • lamentação, lamento, lamentarPortuguese
  • boci, lamentaRomanian
  • стенать, сетовать, похоронная песнь, горько жаловаться, оплакивать, сокрушаться, горевать, стенание, погребальная песнь, причитание, панихида, плакать, завывание, элегияRussian
  • tugovanka, jadikovanje, tužbalica, lelek, tužaljkaSerbo-Croatian
  • קלאָגYiddish
  • 哀嘆Chinese

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    incapable of being atoned for
    A lacerate
    B inexpiable
    C currish
    D repugnant

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