Definition of breast-beating in English:


Syllabification: breast-beat·ing


  • A loud, emotional expression of remorse: the breast-beating of American media commentators [as modifier]: the breast-beating advocates of the people
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    • 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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