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tr.v. be·moaned, be·moan·ing, be·moans
1. To express grief over; lament.
2. To express disapproval of or regret for; deplore: "[He] recently bemoaned 'the cancer of the sound bite' afflicting Presidential campaigning" (John Tierney).
[Middle English bimonen, alteration (influenced by mone, moan) of bimenen, from Old English bemǣnan : be-, be- + mǣnan, to complain of; see mei-no- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
to grieve over (a loss, etc); mourn; lament (esp in the phrase bemoan one's fate)
[Old English bemǣnan; see be-, moan]
1. to express distress or grief over; lament: to bemoan one's fate.
2. to regard with regret or disapproval.
[before 1000; re-formation of earlier bemene, Middle English bimenen, Old English bimǣnan; see be-, moan]
bemoan, lament - Bemoaning is motivated when pity or grief is over an event that is joined to a consequence, whereas lamenting is motivated when the grief is over the event itself.
See also related terms for pity.
Past participle: bemoaned
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|Verb||1.||bemoan - regret strongly; "I deplore this hostile action"; "we lamented the loss of benefits"|