bemoan

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v bemoan regret strongly "I deplore this hostile action","we lamented the loss of benefits"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Bemoan To express deep grief for by moaning; to express sorrow for; to lament; to bewail; to pity or sympathize with. "Implores their pity, and his pain bemoans ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • bemoan To lament; bewail; express sorrow for: as, to bemoan the loss of a son.
    • bemoan Reflexively, to bewail one's lot.
    • bemoan To pity; feel or express sympathy with or pity for.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Bemoan be-mōn′ to lament: bewail: to pity
    • v.i Bemoan to grieve
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Quotations

  • Jonathan Swift
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    “O Grub Street! how do I bemoan thee, whose graceless children scorn to own thee! . Yet thou hast greater cause to be ashamed of them, than they of thee.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. bimenen, AS. bemnan,; pref. be-, + mnan, to moan. See Moan

Usage

In literature:

Mrs. Wallace bemoaned her fate in having to stay in town when all smart people had left.
"The Hero" by William Somerset Maugham
And scores of thousands of wives, fathers, mothers, children, are bemoaning their bread-winners; uselessly destroyed.
""Bethink Yourselves"" by Leo Tolstoi
These two things are befallen thee; Who shall bemoan thee?
"Select Masterpieces of Biblical Literature" by Various
She wept and bemoaned herself, yet reproached neither her King nor her saints.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07" by Various
I should entone No plaint to thee; no loss should I bemoan!
"A Lover's Litanies" by Eric Mackay
How have I heard you bemoan yourself when attacked by Miss Larolles!
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 7" by Various
But there was no use bemoaning his fate, and he must make the best of it.
"Harper's Young People, May 11, 1880" by Various
He saw no way out of his troubles, and could not help weeping as he bemoaned his miserable lot.
"Prince Vance" by Eleanor Putnam
Irma was captious and in a tearful humour, bemoaning the fact that she was too poor to pay for her only daughter's farewell repast.
"A Bride of the Plains" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
When the robin had left the horsemen far behind him he spied Rosaleen sitting outside the palace gates bemoaning her fate.
"Irish Fairy Tales" by Edmond Leamy
Brimful of curiosity, he read it through and learned that it contained the bemoanings of a rejected lover.
"The Story of Don Quixote" by Arvid Paulson, Clayton Edwards, and Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
This was a fact which the old chief bemoaned.
"Rodney, the Ranger" by John V. Lane
Some were for the Spanish Main and bemoaned their fate at being ordered to a station so remote from the principal zone of war.
"Submarine Warfare of To-day" by Charles W. Domville-Fife
Therefore, let us not bemoan our lot, for it might have been worse, and our life in Egypt may not be wholly unbearable.
"The Cat of Bubastes" by G. A. Henty
When she was not working she was bemoaning her sad lot, and indulging in large drafts of self-pity.
"In Times Like These" by Nellie L. McClung
The poor little maid followed, bemoaning the fate that bound her to so capricious a mistress.
"Hidden Hand" by Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
Unseen himself, he saw a beautiful girl, who lay bemoaning her loveless lot.
"Life of John Keats" by William Michael Rossetti
When, sandwiched in between those hills, we twain bemoaned our fate.
"Second Book of Verse" by Eugene Field
He bemoaned the loss of one engine unless the gear was forthcoming.
"The Pirates of Shan" by Harold Leland Goodwin
With school friends and relations bemoaning her departure it was rather hard to take a hopeful view of the future.
"Loyal to the School" by Angela Brazil
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In poetry:

Ah me! how soon, on either side
His dying bed's true cross,
She and I were crucified,
Bemoaning our life-loss!
"The Toy Cross" by Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel
In sad stern verse the rugged scholar-sage
Bemoaned his toil unvalued, youth uncheered.
His numbers wore the vesture of the age,
But, 'neath it beating, the great heart was heard.
"Wordsworth's Grave" by William Watson
But why bemoan Creation's with'ring bloom,
When Man, Creation's pride, calls forth my tears;
From youth to age gay rip'ning for the tomb,
A prey to ruthless Time, and wasting years?
"Time: An Elegy. Written Near The Ruins Of Elgin Cathedral" by Robert Alves
Up from the sea there floats the sob
Of the waves that are breaking upon the shore,
As though they were groaning in anguish, and moaning—
Bemoaning the ship that shall come no more.
"Japanese Lullaby" by Eugene Field
His whip it is silent, his dogs they do mourn,
His steed looks in vain for his master's return;
No friend to bemoan him, unheeded he dies;
Save Australia's dark sons, few know where he lies.
"The Stockman's Last Bed" by Anonymous Oceania
Not a tear, nor a sigh to embalm his cold tomb,
No friend to lament him, no child to bemoan;
Not a stone marks the place where he peacefully lies,
The earth for the pillow, his curtain the skies.
"The Grave Of The Slave" by Sarah Louisa Forten

In news:

Cavs bemoan 'questionable call' that spurred late Clemson run.
Some also bemoan double standard of 'boys will be boys' but women are 'wily temptresses'.
ATLANTA — Georgians often bemoan the quality of their public schools.
Argentine president faces nationwide strike as breakaway unions bemoan income taxes, inflation.
Recently major corporations and CEO's have been bemoaning the Supreme Courts ruling on the Affordable Care Act, derisively labeled "Obamacare" by the Republican/Conservative brand.
Every time the holiday shopping season rolls around, some shoppers bemoan the consumerism, the spending frenzy focused on malls and national chain stores.
Melissa Harris-Perry, on her eponymous MSNBC show, bemoaned Obama's woeful pardon record.
If you've ever bemoaned Hollywood's tendency toward a lowest-common-denominator approach to storytelling, Inception is the movie you've been waiting for.
Argentine president faces nationwide strike as breakaway unions bemoan income taxes, inflation .
I don't expect this one to be any different — Republicans will bemoan the overabundance of Democrats in the samples, while Democrats will claim that the polls under-sample minorities.
The gas gauge's arrow had been slammed against the "E" for so long that we were bemoaning our choice of footwear.
Copps Urges Media Reform, Bemoans Years of " Mindless Deregulation".
Coaches' salaries bemoaned as society puts them on a pedestal.
We bemoan how one of our best products on the export market is our youth.
I've been corresponding on Twitter with two friends this morning who are bemoaning the partisanship of the Wake County Board of Education in the aftermath of Tony Tata's dismissal.
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In science:

Although it is common to bemoan the lack of a good convection theory, the main limitation in modelling AGB stars is in determining the convective boundaries.
AGB Stars: Summary and Warning
While it is easy to bemoan the lack of nearly continuum data with quarks, it should not obscure this fundamental advance.
Theory at Quark Matter '02
As has been the case in several previous years, a ma jority of the 2006 papers did not bemoan the irreconcilable differences of core/cusp and missing satellites but proposed solutions (15 c/c; 5 missing satellites) that they regarded as promisng.
Astrophysics in 2006
At the time he was bemoaning the lack of a millimeter observing facility in the southern hemisphere - something which has been rectified.
Proceedings of the Bonn/Bochum-Graduiertenkolleg Workshop 'The Magellanic Clouds and Other Dwarf Galaxies'
SUSY Ward identities, etc.) by Bern, Dixon and Kosower and their collaborators. 24 During the discussion of these achievements, he bemoaned the fact that many of these results were not yet incorporated in the experimental codes used for data analysis.
Summary of RADCOR 98
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