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bemoan Line breaks: be¦moan
Pronunciation: /bɪˈməʊn/

Definition of bemoan in English:


[with object]
Express discontent or sorrow over (something): it was no use bemoaning her lot
More example sentences
  • In one isolated village the people weep and wail, bemoaning their plight.
  • He never once complained or bemoaned the cruel hand life dealt him.
  • Contemporary chroniclers based in England had a habit of bemoaning the cost and absence of results of such campaigns.
lament, bewail, deplore, complain about, express regret about;
mourn, grieve over, express sorrow about, sorrow for, sigh over, cry over, weep over, shed tears over, wail over, keen over, beat one's breast about
archaic plain over


Old English bemǣnan 'complain, lament'. The change in the second syllable (16th century) was due to association with moan, to which it is related.

Words that rhyme with bemoan

alone, atone, Beaune, blown, bone, Capone, clone, Cohn, Cologne, condone, cone, co-own, crone, drone, enthrone, flown, foreknown, foreshown, groan, grown, half-tone, home-grown, hone, Joan, known, leone, loan, lone, mephedrone, moan, Mon, mown, ochone, outflown, outgrown, own, phone, pone, prone, Rhône, roan, rone, sewn, shown, Simone, Sloane, Soane, sone, sown, stone, strown, throne, thrown, tone, trombone, Tyrone, unbeknown, undersown, windblown, zone
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