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tr.v. be·wailed, be·wail·ing, be·wails
1. To cry over; lament: bewail the dead.
2. To express sorrow or unhappiness over: "Hour after hour he sat bewailing his plight" (Amitav Ghosh).

[Middle English biwailen : bi-, be- + wailen; see wail.]

be·wail′er n.
be·wail′ment n.
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John Williams (who spearheaded Moseley's first sponsorship deal, with James Upton; the man I referred to in my first paragraph as the bewailer of the severance of local ties) is doing incredible work locally .