Entry from US English dictionary
A loud, emotional expression of remorse: the breast-beating of American media commentators [as modifier]: the breast-beating advocates of the people
More example sentences
- They wanted a spectacle: breast-beating, remorse, tears if possible.
- Expect plenty of breast-beating in the future from the press and civil rights advocates.
- Cultures vary wildly in the behaviors they deem appropriate at the death of a loved one, from breast-beating to acceptance.
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