bewail[bē wāl′, bi-]
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to wail over or complain about; lament; mourn
Origin: ME biwailen: see be- & wail
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transitive verb be·wailed, be·wail·ing, be·wails
- To cry over; lament: bewail the dead.
- To express sorrow or unhappiness over: “bewailing the possible effects of double-digit unemployment” (Washington Post).
Origin: Middle English biwailen : bi-, be- + wailen; see wail.
- be·wailˈer noun
- be·wailˈment noun