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v. la·ment·ed, la·ment·ing, la·ments
1. To express grief for or about; mourn: lament a death.
2. To regret deeply; deplore: He lamented his thoughtless acts.
1. To grieve audibly; wail.
2. To express sorrow or regret. See Synonyms at grieve.
1. A feeling or expression of grief; a lamentation.
2. A song or poem expressing deep grief or mourning.

[Middle English lementen, from Old French lamenter, from Latin lāmentārī, from lāmentum, lament.]

la·ment′er n.
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Adj.1.lamenting - vocally expressing grief or sorrow or resembling such expressionlamenting - vocally expressing grief or sorrow or resembling such expression; "lamenting sinners"; "wailing mourners"; "the wailing wind"; "wailful bagpipes"; "tangle her desires with wailful sonnets"- Shakespeare
sorrowful - experiencing or marked by or expressing sorrow especially that associated with irreparable loss; "sorrowful widows"; "a sorrowful tale of death and despair"; "sorrowful news"; "even in laughter the heart is sorrowful"- Proverbs 14:13
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Our kind neighbours lamented that she, once so exalted in wealth and station, should be reduced to such extremity in her time of sorrow; but I am persuaded that she would have suffered thrice as much had she been left in affluence, with liberty to remain in that house, the scene of her early happiness and late affliction, and no stern necessity to prevent her from incessantly brooding over and lamenting her bereavement.
And blowing his eyes upon his handkerchief, he walked away lamenting.
After lamenting it, however, at some length, she had the consolation that Mr.
The background of any lamenting literary work is an important key to understanding the literary text itself.
On this occasion, women were lamenting the transposition of the ancient bodies from their resting place on the West bank of Luxor to an unknown destination just as in the context of contemporary belief, laments would have been required to accompany the deceased on their dangerous journey to the afterlife.
In its various manifestations, lamenting offers opportunities for intercultural comparative research, allowing for a hypothetical modelling of death-related views and tenets that have survived till our days only in fragmentary form.
40) Here Augustine confronts the mysterious and perplexing reality of the church, and by reflecting on the psalms of lament, he "actively appropriates for the church the groans which resound throughout the Psalter and indicates that, by lamenting with the Psalmist and reflecting deeply and continually on that affect, the church comes to learn what it is, comes to be what it is.
Through all of these essays runs the explicit or implicit suggestion that the purpose behind these laments is to encourage audience identification, and at times over-identification, with those who are lamenting.
Bizarrely a spokesmen is lamenting the fact that modern man's "sedentary" lifestyle has forced them to stock 64" waist and 60" chest suits.
They cover lament and the phenomenon of suffering, the assault of lament on systematic thought, lamenting for God's sake, and lamenting in Christ.
This inattention imposes a grievous, even if uncounted, cost: where lament is precluded or censored, so are lamenting people.
From the lamenting women to the visitation of the dead, Richard III suggests a very medieval continuity between the living and the dead.