Definition of bewail in English:

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Pronunciation: /bɪˈweɪl/


[with object]
Express great regret, sadness, or disappointment about (something): men will bewail the loss of earlier freedoms
More example sentences
  • Landlords and administrators complained, contesting the legality of the takeover, bewailing deforestation, and, most interestingly, arguing that the latter caused dangerous soil erosion.
  • The filmmaker bewails the attitude of the educated sections towards serious films.
  • She bewails the fact that the street's turned so quiet since it's been pedestrianised.
lament, bemoan, beat one's breast about, wring one's hands over, rue, express regret about, sigh over, deplore, complain about;
mourn, grieve over, sorrow for/over, express woe/sorrow for, cry/weep over, wail/keen over
archaic plain over



Example sentences
  • His suggestion that ‘a bewailer shall befriend another bewailer…’ is apparently a meaningless suggestion, keeping mythical imports aside, for a while.
  • The complainers and bewailers are the faithless and unbelieving.
  • Unlike other bemoaners and bewailers, he proposes a solution, if a partial one: Let communities sponsor scholarships, conditioned on a number of years of service to the community after graduation.

Words that rhyme with bewail

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