lament

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v lament regret strongly "I deplore this hostile action","we lamented the loss of benefits"
    • v lament express grief verbally "we lamented the death of the child"
    • n lament a mournful poem; a lament for the dead
    • n lament a song or hymn of mourning composed or performed as a memorial to a dead person
    • n lament a cry of sorrow and grief "their pitiful laments could be heard throughout the ward"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Lament An elegy or mournful ballad, or the like.
    • Lament Grief or sorrow expressed in complaints or cries; lamentation; a wailing; a moaning; a weeping. "Torment, and loud lament , and furious rage."
    • v. i Lament To express or feel sorrow; to weep or wail; to mourn. "Jeremiah lamented for Josiah.""Ye shall weep and lament , but the world shall rejoice."
    • v. t Lament To mourn for; to bemoan; to bewail. "One laughed at follies, one lamented crimes."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lament An expression of grief or sorrow; a sad complaint; a lamentation.
    • n lament A set form of lamentation or mourning; an elegy; a mourning song or ballad.
    • n lament The music for an elegy, or a tune intended to express or excite sorrowful emotion; a mournful air.
    • lament To express sorrow; utter words or sounds of grief; mourn audibly; wail.
    • lament To show great sorrow or regret; repine; chafe; grieve.
    • lament Synonyms Lament, Mourn, Grieve; sorrow. Lament expresses always, at least figuratively, an external act. Mourn was originally and is still often the same, but does not now suggest anything audible. Grieve suggests more of a consuming effect upon the person sorrowing. See affliction.
    • lament To bewail; mourn for; bemoan; deplore.
    • lament To afflict; distress.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Lament la-ment′ to utter grief in outcries: to wail: to mourn
    • v.t Lament to mourn for: to deplore
    • n Lament sorrow expressed in cries: an elegy or mournful ballad
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Quotations

  • George Santayana
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    “Happiness is the only sanction of life; where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experience.”
  • Seneca
    Seneca
    “It is more fitting for a man to laugh at life than to lament over it.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. lamenter, L. lamentari, fr. lamentum, a lament

Usage

In literature:

The prince, whose name was Kalapana, and who was the ancestor of the great Kamehameha, reigned tranquilly and died lamented.
"Myths & Legends of our New Possessions & Protectorate" by Charles M. Skinner
The Giant's wife began to weep and lament.
"The Children of Odin" by Padraic Colum
A lamentable sight greeted her.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
More to be lamented than defended are the events which followed.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 03" by Various
Beyond them, in the dark, the child lamented like one to whom a nameless horror draws near.
"Tongues of Conscience" by Robert Smythe Hichens
These, however, Mr. Kemble spoke rather in a tone of whining lamentation.
"The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor" by Various
I can only lament that thou shouldst have fallen into the snares of my implacable enemy.
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various
She will then lament that she had ever experienced your bounty.
"The Looking-Glass for the Mind" by M. Berquin
When he aimed at the figure sketched on the wall he lamented that it was not a man, some hated enemy whom he must needs exterminate.
"The Dead Command" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
We have ever since lamented that the attempt, as planned by Sir James, was not promptly made.
"Memoirs and Correspondence of Admiral Lord de Saumarez. Vol II" by Sir John Ross
I poured forth the deep lament of my heart in prayer.
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
We cannot but lament our total want of intelligence respecting the state of our country.
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. VIII" by Various
Lest thy lamentation over me bring thee into ill-will.
"Prometheus Bound and Seven Against Thebes" by Aeschylus
As he went he was met by the king and the conjurer, who inquired the occasion of his piteous lamentation.
"Folk-lore and Legends: German" by Anonymous
He, on his part, filled the air with the most piteous lamentations and cries for mercy.
"Romulus, Makers of History" by Jacob Abbott
They found lamentations unavailing, and complaints useless.
"A Journal of a Young Man of Massachusetts, 2nd ed." by Benjamin Waterhouse
My mother would have me tell her all I had seen and heard, in the which she oft stayed me by tears and lamentations.
"In Convent Walls" by Emily Sarah Holt
THE JUDGMENT AND LAMENTATION OF GOD OVER THE FIRST WORLD; NOAH AND HIS PREACHING.
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
The Princess was distraught, and in the belief that her husband had perished remained in her cabin lamenting.
"Legends & Romances of Brittany" by Lewis Spence
To talk over the dreadful business with Fanny, talk and lament, was all Lady Bertram's consolation.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
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In poetry:

They have wakened the wood-pigeon
To make her plaintive moan,
The wood-pigeon lamenting
For sorrows not her own.
"Wings In The Night " by Katharine Tynan
Some with wailing and lament,
Some with cheerful courage went;
But, of all who smiled or mourned,
Never one to us returned.
"My Dream" by John Greenleaf Whittier
From far Marsh of Amyclae,
Sentried by lank poplars tall--
Thro' the red slant of the day,
Shrill pipes did lament and call.
"The Helot" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
Lament who will the ribald line
Which tells his lapse from duty,
How kissed the maddening lips of wine
Or wanton ones of beauty;
"Burns" by John Greenleaf Whittier
My heart swims blind in a sea
That stuns me; swims to and fro,
And gathers to windward and lee
Lamentation, and mourning, and woe.
"Satia te Sanguine" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
My dear old father,
who always loved me the same;
my dear old father I lament
who died the day before yesterday, just before dawn.
"Priest at the Serapeum" by Constantine P Cavafy

In news:

The ads open with 20-somethings lamenting the boring lives of their baby boomer parents.
Lament for the Facebook of yore .
Zimbabwean journalist laments censorship of press.
A lament for the ' zippy zeros' that never were.
Forsberg's note: There's a persistent group of commenters (and Twitterers, too) that have lamented how often now-departed Ray Allen appears in offseason stories.
Once, I lamented that my favorite eye cream was running out and came in to work to find a brand new jar sitting on my desk.
Laments the loss of Hostess.
Lamenting the decline of St George's Episcopal Parish in Perryman.
The Republican hand-wringers and recriminators are taking to Washington salons and opinion columns to lament the party's failure to appeal to Hispanics in the 2012 election.
Many have lamented the loss of the American Dream , but few have the investigative skills necessary to dig into what happened.
On Friday, Hana Awwad asked us to join her in lamenting the lack of Wikipedia entries for 10 specific Palestinian prisoners who were released in the recent Israeli hostage-Palestinian criminal exchange and called on us to celebrate them.
LOSING SERVICES As Santa Rosa gets a much-needed psychiatric facility, Christopher Bowers laments the imminent closure of SSU's Community Counseling Clinic, where he works.
The next day, Phillips sounded more resigned, lamenting what he called "the triumph of liberalism in America" that he said was "destroying our national unity and by extension destroying the freedom.
"Paper" Explode Into Colors This peculiar, fun song is a post-punk meets renaissance-fair lament on money.
Whiplash Jumps and Spins, and Oceanic Laments for Lovers Lost.
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In science:

The x-direction coincides with the protofilament axis.
Quantum Computation in Brain Microtubules? Decoherence and Biological Feasibility
An individual motor behaves stochastically and generates on average motion in a preferred direction along a polar track filament.
Mechanical oscillations at the cellular scale
The energy landscapes Wi characterize the interaction with the filament and are usually considered to be periodic with period ℓ.
Mechanical oscillations at the cellular scale
For shorter filaments, there exists a simpler regime where filaments vibrate without significant wave propagation.
Mechanical oscillations at the cellular scale
They are coupled at their tips by fine filaments called tip-links (TL).
Mechanical oscillations at the cellular scale
The self-organization of motors and filaments can lead to complex phenomena in various situations.
Mechanical oscillations at the cellular scale
Such phenomena have in particular been studied in filament systems which are driven by molecular motors that temporarily form active crosslinks between filament pairs.
Mechanical oscillations at the cellular scale
V + 4), we trace the network of filaments and subclumps around the cluster core.
History of mass assembly and star formation in clusters
When coupled to the Poisson equation, the 2D Euler equation develops very complex filaments as a result of a mixing process.
Generalized thermodynamics and Fokker-Planck equations. Applications to stellar dynamics, two-dimensional turbulence and Jupiter's great red spot
Recently, Ghavamian et al. (2001) studied a filament on the northern boundary.
Far Ultraviolet Spectra of a Non-Radiative Shock Wave in the Cygnus Loop
A second aspect of the nature of SNR filaments is the 3-dimensional structure of the SNR shock.
Far Ultraviolet Spectra of a Non-Radiative Shock Wave in the Cygnus Loop
They confirmed that the filaments are tangencies to the line of sight and that resonance scattering is important for strong UV lines.
Far Ultraviolet Spectra of a Non-Radiative Shock Wave in the Cygnus Loop
The aperture was placed on the brightest Hα filament at the same position observed in the optical by Ghavamian et al. (2001).
Far Ultraviolet Spectra of a Non-Radiative Shock Wave in the Cygnus Loop
For the purposes of this paper, we extracted PSPC spectra of fourteen 25′′ by 250′′ bands parallel to the filament for comparison with theoretical shock models.
Far Ultraviolet Spectra of a Non-Radiative Shock Wave in the Cygnus Loop
The most stringent limit on the line width comes from the sharp feature at V = + 25 km s−1 in the profile for Position 4 that arises from the trailing filament seen in Figure 1.
Far Ultraviolet Spectra of a Non-Radiative Shock Wave in the Cygnus Loop
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