- The definition of lament is an expression of loss, sometimes through artistic expression.
An example of a lament is The Book of Lamentations in the Old Testament of the Bible.
- Lament is defined as to feel loss, sorrow or regret, often expressed in a physical way.
- An example of lament is to feel sad and cry at a funeral.
- An example of lament is to wish you would have done something different with your life.
People lamenting the loss of a loved one.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: Fr lamenter from Classical Latin lamentari from lamentum, a mourning, wailing from Indo-European echoic base an unverified form lā- from source Armenian lam, I weep
- to feel or express deep sorrow for; mourn or grieve for
- to regret deeply
- an outward expression of sorrow; lamentation; wail
- a literary or musical composition, as an elegy or dirge, mourning some death or calamity
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verb la·ment·ed, la·ment·ing, la·ments verb, transitive
- To express grief for or about; mourn: lament a death.
- To regret deeply; deplore: He lamented his thoughtless acts.
- To grieve audibly; wail.
- To express sorrow or regret. See Synonyms at grieve.
- A feeling or an expression of grief; a lamentation.
- A song or poem expressing deep grief or mourning.
Origin: Middle English lementen, from Old French lamenter, from Latin lāmentārī, from lāmentum, lament.
- la·mentˈer noun