- 1A passionate expression of grief or sorrow: his mother’s night-long laments for his father [mass noun]: a song full of lament and sorrowMore example sentences
- Dusty stood it on its head and made it a passionate lament of loneliness and love.
- An assessment of great music should allow for a wider variety of moods and expressions - lament, meander, laughter, rage, gallows humor, resignation, and much more.
- Cleopatra's response, though, suggests that she too intends suicide, and she confirms this in the passionate lament that follows his death.
- 1.1A song, piece of music, or poem expressing grief or sorrow: the piper played a lamentMore example sentences
- His music, comprising mostly songs, dance-tunes, laments, and some religious pieces, draws upon native tradition but was also influenced by European composers such as Vivaldi and Corelli.
- Starting as a melancholic lament, the music slowly intruded into the action and eventually drowned out the longer speeches.
- The show is packed full of stirring anthems, plaintive laments and unforgettable love songs sung by a first-class cast and backed by the Lyric Opera Orchestra.
- 2A complaint: there were constant laments about the conditions of employmentMore example sentences
- The same lament about constant meddling from politicians could be applied to education where since the eighties there has been reform followed by contradictory reform.
- His constant lament was that the Tamil stage had not come of age.
- Old-timers may find support for their constant laments that the game is steadily going downhill by citing the glittering example of 19th Century owner Chris Von der Ahe.
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- 1 [with object] Express passionate grief about: he was lamenting the death of his infant daughter [no object]: the women wept and lamented over himMore example sentences
- Therefore I seek your indulgence to allow me to lament my grief.
- But our first duty as Christians is to mourn and lament such deaths, not to use violence in response to them.
- The Minukku Vesham of the Brahmana, who laments the tragic deaths of his children before Arjuna, is one of the masterpiece roles of the sexagenarian actor.
- 2 [reporting verb] Express regret or disappointment about something: [with object]: she lamented the lack of shops in the town [with direct speech]: ‘We could have won,’ lamented the England captainMore example sentences
- The writer of the 1868 report lamented, ‘I regret that so few find their way into the Bible class.’
- ‘This was my seventh Challenge and I've come near each time, but never been a winner,’ a disappointed Smith lamented.
- For years, dive operators and visitors to Phuket have lamented that the area lacked a decent sized wreck.
late Middle English (as a verb): from French lamenter or Latin lamentari, from lamenta (plural) 'weeping, wailing'.