• WordNet 3.6
    • n lamentation the passionate and demonstrative activity of expressing grief
    • n lamentation a cry of sorrow and grief "their pitiful laments could be heard throughout the ward"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Lamentation (Script) A book of the Old Testament attributed to the prophet Jeremiah, and taking its name from the nature of its contents.
    • Lamentation The act of bewailing; audible expression of sorrow; wailing; moaning. "In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation and weeping."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lamentation The act of bewailing; expression of sorrow; a mournful outcry.
    • n lamentation plural The shorter title of the Lamentations of Jeremiah, one of the poetical books of the Old Testament. In the Septuagint, as in the English Bible, it stands immediately after the Book of Jeremiah, of which it probably originally formed a continuation. Its subject is the destruction of Jerusalem by the Chaldeans. It was probably composed immediately after the taking of the city (586 b. c.), while the wounds of the nation were still fresh. Jeremiah has been generally regarded by Christian scholars as its author.
    • n lamentation plural The music to which the first three lessons, taken from the Lamentations of Jeremiah, are sung in the Roman Catholic Church, in the office called Tenebræ, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of Holy Week. Synonyms Mourning, complaint, plaint, moan, moaning, wailing, outcry. See lament, v. i.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Lamentation act of lamenting: audible expression of grief: wailing:
    • n Lamentation (pl., B.) a book of Jeremiah
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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
F. lamentation, L. lamentatio,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. lamenter—L. lamentāri.


In literature:

The language of these laments is far more tender and ornate.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
By the newspapers we learned the demise of our revered and lamented sovereign George III., and the proclamation of George IV.
"Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Polar Sea, in the years 1819-20-21-22, Volume 2" by John Franklin
The most lamentable feature of this whole system was the ruthless character of its warfare.
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst
Nor lament, my dearest father.
"The Hero of Esthonia and Other Studies in the Romantic Literature of That Country" by William Forsell Kirby
His weakness in lamenting an irremediable evil, was the fault to which he owed the loss of his invaluable Isabel.
"The Loyalists, Vol. 1-3" by Jane West
The moment he approached them they fell to the ground, and whimpered and howled most lamentably, as long as he was near them.
"The Fairy Book" by Dinah Maria Mulock (AKA Miss Mulock)
Soon after my arrival, you began to treat me with a distance of manner which I have always lamented.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
Unable to sleep, he passed the night in lamenting the approaching fate of his daughter, whose executioner he was compelled to be.
"The Arabian Nights Entertainments" by Anonymous
The piper was called upon, in turn, to sound mournful lamentations for the slain.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
These things and more than these, the unbelievers say when they hear those lamentations.
"Standard Selections" by Various

In poetry:

But lo! the rich lamenting voice again;
She sang not for herself; it was a song
For me, for I had seen the town and knew,
Yearning I knew the town was not enough.
"If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem" by Jean Ingelow
My sister's buried three years, come Lent;
But sure we made far too much lament.
Beside her grave they still say a prayer—
I wish to God 'twas myself was there!
"The Girl's Lamentation" by William Allingham
Did the ladye live to lament her lover?
Or did roystering Rolf prove a better mate?
I have searched the records over and over,
But nought discover to tell her fate.
"Sir Hugo's Choice" by James Jeffrey Roche
Rise and dance
In the westering sun
While the urge of youthful years is yet unsubdued!
What avails to lament after one's hair has turned white
like silken threads?
"Before The Cask of Wine" by Li Po
Well, round and ripe and rich with years you went
As if you rode that great tide out to sea
And we salute you even as we lament
And drink your health wherever you may be.
"For: Kenneth Slessor" by Douglas Alexander Stewart
The door I opened to my heavenly guest,
And listened, for I thought I heard God's voice;
And, knowing whatsoe'er he sent was best,
Dared neither to lament nor to rejoice.
"The Two Angels. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In news:

Lamentations of the Father.
Still More Lamentations From Jeremiah.
(CBS News) Men who lament the fact that they no longer have hair on their head may have some good news.
A mathematician laments the Rubik's Cube.
'A wonderful guy': Vintage Cleveland Browns lament passing of tight end Milt Morin.
Money Manager Mobius Laments Brazil.
'A wonderful guy': Vintage Cleveland Browns lament passing of tight end Milt Morin .
Praising his countrymen's gift for talking with their hands, Barzini lamented that so little had been written on this subject.
This week on Need To Know, Jay and Mona lament the election results, bat around exit-poll data, kick around what Romney might have done better, and discuss the way forward.
Cougs lament peaking at half vs explosive Oregon.
Years ago, my then-single husband and his friend lamented their desert of a love life.
White House Begins Campaign, Laments Politics.
Perl 's book can now be added to that lamentably short list.
A professor lamented that many of today's students brought up with text messages and Twitter don't write well.
On Thursday's all-new episode of Jersey Shore, Snooki's costar, Vinny Guadagnino, laments the loss of his pal's 'do.

In science:

We visually examined each field where X-ray sources were located, searching for telltale signs of SNR emission such as filaments and shell-like structures.
Revealing the Supernova Remnant Population of M33 with Chandra
As a result of the instability, current filaments are formed along the direction of the proton motion.
Are GRB shocks mediated by the Weibel instability?
The magnetic field forms a sort of cocoon around these filaments and eventually traps protons within the filaments; then the instability stops (Yang, Arons & Langdon 1994; Wiersma & Achterberg 2004).
Are GRB shocks mediated by the Weibel instability?
Near the axis of the filament, the magnetic field may be written as B ≈ kξB0 , where B0 ∝ exp η t is the amplitude of the perturbation.
Are GRB shocks mediated by the Weibel instability?
The proton is trapped within the filament when the oscillation amplitude becomes less than 1/k or, which is the same, frequency ω0 exceeds the growth rate of the instability, η .
Are GRB shocks mediated by the Weibel instability?