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See elegy.


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Standard Definition

[n] a mournful poem; a lament for the dead
[n] a song or hymn of mourning composed or performed as a memorial to a dead person
[n] a cry of sorrow and grief; "their pitiful laments could be heard throughout the ward"
[v] regret strongly
[v] express grief verbally


bemoan - (2 syllables), bewail - (2 syllables), coronach - (3 syllables), deplore - (2 syllables), dirge - (1 syllables), elegy - (3 syllables), keen - (1 syllables), lamentation - (4 syllables), plaint - (1 syllables), regret - (2 syllables), requiem - (3 syllables), threnody - (3 syllables), wail - (1 syllables)

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\La*ment"\, v. i. [F. lamenter, L. lamentari, fr. lamentum a lament.] To express or feel sorrow; to weep or wail; to mourn. Jeremiah lamented for Josiah. --2 Chron. xxxv. 2
5. Ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice. --John xvi. 20.
\La*ment"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Lamented}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Lamenting}.] To mourn for; to bemoan; to bewail. One laughed at follies, one lamented crimes. --Dryden. Syn: To deplore; mourn; bewail. See {Deplore}.
\La*ment"\, n. [L. lamentum. Cf. {Lament}, v.]
1. Grief or sorrow expressed in complaints or cries; lamentation; a wailing; a moaning; a weeping. Torment, and loud lament, and furious rage. --Milton.
2. An elegy or mournful ballad, or the like.