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Definition to express grief or regret

Although lament typically refers to a feeling or simple vocal expression, it can refer to a vocal expression as complex as a sad song or poem. It can even refer to sad, but non-vocal music — as when Tennessee Williams references background music in A Streetcar Named Desire.
  • She lamented the loss.
lamented = expressed grief about
  • We lamented our sad circumstances.
  • lamented = expressed grief about
  • She lamented, saying "Woe is me!"
  • lamented = expressed grief
  • My parents were lamenting that they hadn't seen Willow and Henry and the baby in months.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • lamenting = regretting
  • Their champion's fate with pity they lament,
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • lament = grieve (express grief or sadness)
  • let me lament, with tears
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • lament = expressing grief or regret
  • ...and down the wind came the voices of the people of Esgaroth lamenting their lost town and goods and ruined houses.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • lamenting = expressing regret for
  • Gilgamesh lamented; seven days and seven nights he wept for Enkidu,
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • lamented = expressed grief and sorrow passionately
  • He was feeling sorry for himself, and lamenting the fact that his life could have changed so suddenly and so drastically.
    Paulo Coelho  --  The Alchemist
  • lamenting = expressing grief
  •   Most lamentable day, most woeful day
      That ever, ever, I did yet behold!
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • lamentable = sad
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-able" means able to be. This is the same pattern you see in words like breakable, understandable, and comfortable.)
  • ...then the lamentation rose out of him, loud and sustained as the conch.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • lamentation = sorrowful cry
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • High above us in the darkness a solitary mocker poured out his repertoire in blissful unawareness of whose tree he sat in, plunging from the shrill kee, kee of the sunflower bird to the irascible qua-ack of a bluejay, to the sad lament of Poor Will, Poor Will, Poor Will.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • lament = expression of grief
  • SECOND MESSENGER Hearing the loud lament above her son With her own hand she stabbed herself to the heart.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • lament = expressing grief or regret
  • If you see bees loafing and lamenting, you can bet their queen is dead.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • lamenting = expressing grief or regret
  • The river sang with a voice of suffering, longingly it sang, longingly, it flowed towards its goal, lamentingly its voice sang.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Siddhartha
  • lamentingly = in a manner that expresses grief or regret
  • "I have bought the mansion of a love, but not possess'd it" was his lament.
    Olive Ann Burns  --  Cold Sassy Tree
  • lament = expressed grief or regret
  • He says that this seems to be a poem about England but it is a lament for the poet's native land, our own native land, Ireland.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela's Ashes
  • lament = sad poem
  • A cry of lamentation went up.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • lamentation = passionate grief or sorrow
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • She, being the nearest woman relative, raised a formal lament for the dead of the family.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • lament = verbal expression of grief
  • I was no longer capable of lamentation.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
lamentation = passionate expression of grief or sorrow
(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)

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