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Lament Definition

Poetry Definition of Lament

See elegy.

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[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


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Misc. Definitions

\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.

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