to express distress or grief over; lament:
to bemoan one’s fate.
to regard with regret or disapproval.
They bemoan the fact that poker games are too often delayed because people get up to take smoke breaks.
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Not to mention the fragrant Ms. Hasselbeck bemoan the fact that we now live in the “divided states of America.”
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He will then bemoan a vague “lack of political will” or “absence of leadership” as the reason for the inertia.
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But some bemoan the way the kids have transformed their city, and nowhere is that change more visible than The Bywater.
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I just heard Anderson Cooper bemoan the fact that he had seen no heavy earth moving equipment on the scene.
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We will not, however, bemoan thee as if thou wast forever lost to us, or that thy name would be buried in oblivion.
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I hold it folly in him who must die that he should bemoan himself.
Myths and Legends of All Nations Various
We wanted to exult, rather than to bemoan “our manifold sins and wickedness.”
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Opening out her bundle of dried meat, she began to eat and bemoan her fate.
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After such a fight, are you fool enough to bemoan a victory?
Ainslee’s, Vol. 15, No. 6, July 1905 Various
to grieve over (a loss, etc); mourn; lament (esp in the phrase bemoan one’s fate)
Old English bemænan “to bemoan, wail, lament;” see be- + moan (v.). Related: Bemoaned; bemoaning.
to mock or jeer at (something or someone): to bemock a trusting heart. Historical Examples You bemock the monks who on the piazza dance around the cross. The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky
to muddle or confuse (someone). Historical Examples The more these gentlemen strive to explain and make things clear to me, the more they bemuddle my brains. The ‘Characters’ of Jean de La Bruyre Jean de La Bruyre
to bewilder or confuse (someone). Historical Examples I asked, determined not to allow her to bemuse or escape me with her metaphysical talk and illustrations. She and Allan H. Rider Haggard Most of these were of the opiate class, light magazines and light stories intended to bemuse and not to educate the mind. G. H. […]
bewildered or confused. lost in thought; preoccupied. to bewilder or confuse (someone). Contemporary Examples But the prevailing emotion that day, even among us awardees, was a bemused sense of boredom, restlessness and insatiability. The Medal of Honor Disgrace Brian Van Reet March 25, 2014 I guess most people will respond to this with bemused cynical […]