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Definition of "bewail" [be•wail]

  • To cry over; lament: bewail the dead. (verb-transitive)
  • To express sorrow or unhappiness over: "bewailing the possible effects of double-digit unemployment” ( Washington Post). (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "bewail" in a sentence
  • "Indeed, this could be just another way to point the finger at young girls, find another reason to bewail the fact that they're not "sugar and spice and all things nice"."
  • "But we've been told it did happen, narratively speaking, so we can either throw our hands up in the air and bewail the whimsies of writers with no sense of reality, or we can deal with it by asking how could it happen?"
  • ""We acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness...""