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be·wail

 (bĭ-wāl′)
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.

bewail

(bɪˈweɪl)
vb
to express great sorrow over (a person or thing); lament
beˈwailed adj
beˈwailer n
beˈwailing n, adj
beˈwailingly adv

be•wail

(bɪˈweɪl)

v.t.
to express deep sorrow for; lament.
[1250–1300]
be•wail′ing•ly, adv.
be•wail′ment, n.

bewail


Past participle: bewailed
Gerund: bewailing

Imperative
bewail
bewail
Present
I bewail
you bewail
he/she/it bewails
we bewail
you bewail
they bewail
Preterite
I bewailed
you bewailed
he/she/it bewailed
we bewailed
you bewailed
they bewailed
Present Continuous
I am bewailing
you are bewailing
he/she/it is bewailing
we are bewailing
you are bewailing
they are bewailing
Present Perfect
I have bewailed
you have bewailed
he/she/it has bewailed
we have bewailed
you have bewailed
they have bewailed
Past Continuous
I was bewailing
you were bewailing
he/she/it was bewailing
we were bewailing
you were bewailing
they were bewailing
Past Perfect
I had bewailed
you had bewailed
he/she/it had bewailed
we had bewailed
you had bewailed
they had bewailed
Future
I will bewail
you will bewail
he/she/it will bewail
we will bewail
you will bewail
they will bewail
Future Perfect
I will have bewailed
you will have bewailed
he/she/it will have bewailed
we will have bewailed
you will have bewailed
they will have bewailed
Future Continuous
I will be bewailing
you will be bewailing
he/she/it will be bewailing
we will be bewailing
you will be bewailing
they will be bewailing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been bewailing
you have been bewailing
he/she/it has been bewailing
we have been bewailing
you have been bewailing
they have been bewailing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been bewailing
you will have been bewailing
he/she/it will have been bewailing
we will have been bewailing
you will have been bewailing
they will have been bewailing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been bewailing
you had been bewailing
he/she/it had been bewailing
we had been bewailing
you had been bewailing
they had been bewailing
Conditional
I would bewail
you would bewail
he/she/it would bewail
we would bewail
you would bewail
they would bewail
Past Conditional
I would have bewailed
you would have bewailed
he/she/it would have bewailed
we would have bewailed
you would have bewailed
they would have bewailed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.bewail - regret stronglybewail - regret strongly; "I deplore this hostile action"; "we lamented the loss of benefits"
kvetch, plain, quetch, complain, sound off, kick - express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness; "My mother complains all day"; "She has a lot to kick about"

bewail

verb lament, regret, complain about, moan about, mourn, rue, wail about, deplore, bemoan, repent, grieve for, cry over, weep over, express sorrow for All your songs seem to bewail a dissatisfaction in love.
Translations

bewail

[bɪˈweɪl] VTlamentar

bewail

[bɪˈweɪl] vtse lamenter sur, déplorer

bewail

vt (= deplore)beklagen; (= lament also)bejammern; sb’s death alsobetrauern

bewail

[bɪˈweɪl] vtlamentare
References in classic literature ?
While he lamented and bewailed his sores and bruises, and cried loudly for help, a neighbor ran to the well, and learning what had happened said: "Hark ye, old fellow, why, in striving to pry into what is in heaven, do you not manage to see what is on earth?'
Then she began to bewail her loss, and said, 'Alas!
`So Urania bare Linus, a very lovely son: and him all men who are singers and harpers do bewail at feasts and dances, and as they begin and as they end they call on Linus....'
"Sir Richard died as it is said, the second or third day aboard the General and was by them greatly bewailed. What became of his body, whether it were buried in the sea or on the land, we known not.
The merchant, protesting his innocence, bewailed his wife and children, and tried pitifully to avert his fate.
Here one curses her and calls her capricious, fickle, and immodest, there another condemns her as frail and frivolous; this pardons and absolves her, that spurns and reviles her; one extols her beauty, another assails her character, and in short all abuse her, and all adore her, and to such a pitch has this general infatuation gone that there are some who complain of her scorn without ever having exchanged a word with her, and even some that bewail and mourn the raging fever of jealousy, for which she never gave anyone cause, for, as I have already said, her misconduct was known before her passion.
The true patriots have long bewailed the fatal tendency of these vices, and have made no less than four regular experiments by EXTRAORDINARY ASSEMBLIES, convened for the special purpose, to apply a remedy.
And she burst into sobs with the despairing vehemence with which people bewail disasters they feel they have themselves occasioned.