• WordNet 3.6
    • adj lamentable bad; unfortunate "my finances were in a deplorable state","a lamentable decision","her clothes were in sad shape","a sorry state of affairs"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Lamentable Fitted to awaken lament; to be lamented; sorrowful; pitiable; regrettable; unfortunate; as, a lamentable misfortune, or error. "Lamentable helplessness."
    • Lamentable Miserable; pitiful; paltry; -- in a contemptuous or ridiculous sense.
    • Lamentable Mourning; sorrowful; expressing grief; as, a lamentable countenance. "Lamentable eye."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • lamentable To bo lamented; exciting or calling for sorrow; grievous: as, a lamentable deterioration of morals.
    • lamentable Expressive of grief; mournful: as, a lamentable cry.
    • lamentable Miserable; pitiful; low; poor.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Lamentable deserving or expressing sorrow: sad: pitiful, despicable
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  • George Santayana
    “Happiness is the only sanction of life; where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experience.”
  • Seneca
    “It is more fitting for a man to laugh at life than to lament over it.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. lamentabilis,: cf. F. lamentable,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. lamenter—L. lamentāri.


In literature:

Lamentable Death of the Marquis of Londonderry.
"Memoirs of the Court of George IV. 1820-1830 (Vol 1)" by Duke of Buckingham and Chandos
There was cause for some of these lamentations.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
The consequences of these events were lamentable.
"The History of Tasmania , Volume II (of 2)" by John West
Although without wealth, and therefore with but few friends, in her hour of lamentation she is not left alone.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
When Tartlet learnt that there were not only bears in the island, but tigers too, his lamentations again arose.
"Godfrey Morgan" by Jules Verne
The hearts of his crew sank as they lost sight of land, and many of the seamen broke into loud lamentations.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
Loud and deep lamentations, and a wailing sound, like that of a lament for the dead, resounded in his ears.
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
Bitter lamentations resounded through the house.
"The Day of Wrath" by Maurus Jókai
While attending to his business, he heard a lamentation, and listened to see where it could come from.
"Italian Popular Tales" by Thomas Frederick Crane
Lord Oxford had often lamented his disqualification for publick employment, but never proposed a pension.
"The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes" by Samuel Johnson

In poetry:

Return at once, when I reprove,
Lest I thy candlestick remove;
And thou, too late, thy loss lament;
I warn before I strike, Repent.
"Ephesus" by John Newton
To strike a more resounding string
And deeper notes of joy and pain,
Than such as but lamenting sing,
Or warble but a sensuous strain:
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
Twilight words and secret breath
Of speechless things, mysterious psalm,
Wispy grieving, are you not
The world’s sighing and lament?
"Redemption" by Antero Tarquinio de Quental
Lest you, like me, too late lament,
Your Life bereft of all it's joy;
Clasp now the Gift so kindly sent,
Lest you behold your dying Boy!
"Lyric Address To Dr. Jenner" by Nathaniel Bloomfield
He lives to learn, in life's hard school,
How few who pass above him
Lament their triumph and his loss,
Like her, — because they love him.
"In School-Days" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Behold, approaching to the shore,
The tars, lamenting, bow their head!
Poor Sherriff wounded to the core,
And, for his king and country, dead!
"The Curieux" by John Mayne

In news:

Every pundit who laments the fact that President Obama didn't "do more" to get some kind of budget agreement through the supercommittee should be required to.
Wham Bam Poetry Slam, UCF sales and comic book laments.
The two unaffiliated candidates who ran for governor are lamenting yet another passed election in which voters avoided the independent track.
Aged setting of the 21st century, one area that we lament hasn't changed much is our continuing lack of racial and ethnic diversity.
Lamentably but understandably it has existed to varying degrees at least since the 40's (see Art Pepper's memoir "Straight Life").
No need for lamentations for the losers in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary.
Avery Johnson laments Nets' ' unprofessional ' attitude in loss against Jazz.
Phoenix Chief Retires, Mayor Laments ' Vindictive ' Politics.
A longtime traveler to Honolulu laments change, but finds her niche in Hawaii's big city.
Tales about Babe Ruth's escapades came long before the outrageous boastings of Wilt Chamberlain or the laments of Magic Johnson.
B Priestley lamented Britain's decline into an offshore province of the new American empire.
Fernando Alonso was left lamenting the timing of the yellow flags at the end of qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix.
Barnhart lamented all the money being raised "just to stab each other in the back".
(Frat brats will lament that the Boys' breakthrough hit, "Fight for Your Right," didn't make the cut.
Only in the most recent work, "Adam's Lament" (2009), did the tension and variety of the soundscape match the spiritual ambitions and 25-minute length.

In science:

Besides, the gas is truly preheated before the cluster forms while it is embedded within the complex network of filaments at δ ∼ 10.
The phase-diagram of the IGM and the entropy floor of groups and clusters: are clusters born warm?
Diffuse filaments along which are observed a few brighter clumps are seen on the western side of the disc.
Environmental Effects on the Kinematics of Virgo Cluster Galaxies
In particular, West (1994) shows that the inner regions of BCGs are typically aligned with their large scale environments, and he proposes that they have been formed quite early from subgalactic clumps that have merged preferentially along the axes of dark-matter filaments.
The Aligned z ~ 1 Radio Galaxy 3C 280
FCC032 harbours a large ionized gas complex, consisting of several individual clouds, a superbubble and a filament that extends away from the galaxy centre.
Evidence for a warm ISM in Fornax dEs - II. FCC032, FCC206 and FCCB729
A random field composed by Poisson distributed Brownian vortex filaments is constructed.
Statistics of a vortex filament model