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to express deep sorrow for; lament:
a little child bewailing the loss of her dog.
to express grief.
Contemporary Examples

I recount this not to bewail my fate, or to dwell in the past.
The Lessons of the Nakba Ziad J. Asali May 10, 2012

Historical Examples

They think it the women’s part to bewail their friends, the men’s to remember them.
The Germany and the Agricola of Tacitus Tacitus

Yet not once in the course of that trip did he bewail his fate.
The Forest Stewart Edward White

Some bewail the alleged fact that, at any rate, our system has little adaptability to the control of colonies or dependencies.
Problems of Expansion Whitelaw Reid

When we argue that we weep the dead, it would be more true to say that we bewail the living.
The Lion’s Skin Rafael Sabatini

The servants dragged him off to a deep dungeon, where he had nothing to do but to bewail his folly.
Household stories from the Land of Hofer R. H. Busk

They did nothing but regret the past and bewail the present.
Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17) Various

He answered her, ‘I bewail my condition, which is beggary, and the lack of that which filleth with pleasantness.’
The Shaving of Shagpat, Complete George Meredith

I ventured to bewail my fate a little, but that did not seem to advance my cause.
The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

Do you weep over this havoc caused by treacherous death, or do you bewail the fall of your leader’s spirit?
Fiesco or, The Genoese Conspiracy Friedrich Schiller

to express great sorrow over (a person or thing); lament

c.1300, from be- + wail (v.). Related: Bewailed; bewailing.


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