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Definition express strong regret
  • He was too well accustomed to suffering, and had suffered too much where he was, to bewail the prospect of change very severely.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Oliver Twist Or The Parish Boy's Progress
  • And you both come to bewail the deed to me, as if you were the people to be pitied
    Bronte, Emily  --  Wuthering Heights
  • And she burst into sobs with the despairing vehemence with which people bewail disasters they feel they have themselves occasioned.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  War and Peace
  • Don't worry too much," said Mo, whenever Elinor bewailed their stupidity.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • It is a flame spirit in you ever gathering more of itself, While you, heedless of its expansion, bewail the withering of your days.
    Kahlil Gibran  --  The Prophet
  • Yet, lest they faint At the sad sentence rigorously urged, (For I behold them softened, and with tears Bewailing their excess,) all terrour hide.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Then she bewailed the marriage bed whereon Poor wretch, she had conceived a double brood, Husband by husband, children by her child.
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • Three times over, Erik fiercely bewailed his fate: "You don't love me!
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • —I came not to bewail this evil chance with your Grace, until I had done my best to remedy it.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • She was so pathetic in her sobbing and bewailing, that I felt as if I had said I don't know what to hurt her.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • The ladies bewailed the high prices of everything and asked the gentlemen if they thought good times would ever come back.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • In magnificent solitude he marched toward the house, while Hugh bewailed his sin and the overclouding of august favor.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Thy ambition, Thou scarlet sin, robb'd this bewailing land Of noble Buckingham, my father-in-law.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry VIII
  • What profit to bewail that which has always been and cannot change?
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • The whole army bewails it and calls down curses upon him....
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • "That he will," returned Sancho, "for he seems in a mood to bewail himself for a month at a stretch."
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • She spoke about her husband's passion for dice with the deepest grief; she bewailed it to everybody who came to her house.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • And you both come to bewail the deed to me, as if you were the people to be pitied!
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • There would come a day, in fact, years later, when Laila would no longer bewail his loss.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Colonel Cathcart bewailed the miserable fate that had given him for an invaluable assistant someone as common as Colonel Korn.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22

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