Definition of lamented in English:



  • A conventional way of describing someone who has died or something that has been lost or that has ceased to exist.

    ‘the late and much lamented Leonard Bernstein’
    • ‘Richard Hickox, the new musical director of the company, replacing the lamented Simone Young, doesn't have Melbourne on his radar.’
    • ‘Juanita used her critique to discuss her late lamented career in stand-up comedy.’
    • ‘When someone in the audience asks what she thinks of the late, lamented Johnny Carson, the chat-show host who helped launch her own career before the two fell out, she barely hesitates.’
    • ‘The ground, as with the late and lamented Wembley before it, came from the lush green 4,000 acres lovingly tended by Inturf at Wilberfoss.’
    • ‘It's quite mad, and the texts are adapted from unpublished writings Edward sent the band expressly for the purpose, shortly before his lamented death.’
    • ‘Clutching the mics are Priest and Sayyid of the late, lamented Antipop Consortium, so you can count on some crazy-assed brainiac rhymes over there.’
    • ‘The late, lamented Internet bubble is just the latest example.’
    • ‘She sold me one, and the lamented Theodora spent practically all her time on it until the inevitable end, whereupon I gave it to someone with a lot of pets who I thought might need it.’
    • ‘We have a better suggestion - this cutting-edge piece of kit is the ideal replacement for the late, lamented Bryan McFadden, who recently departed legendary Irish pop combo Westlife.’
    • ‘The puppet shot to fame on TV's late, lamented satire show Spitting Image, and is being sold off by the show's co-creator, Roger Law.’
    • ‘In such circumstances, some recalled the bluster and bombast of Lenihan's late lamented father in other testing times.’
    • ‘‘I don't think anyone could copy his style,’ Pearce says of the lamented maverick.’
    • ‘As recently as 1992 we returned two Conservatives - Peter Thurnham and Tom Sackville, to one Labour politician - the late, lamented David Young.’
    • ‘The outer casing's inverted curve is skillfully worked into the afterdecks to round off the ship's hindquarters in a flattering tribute to the lamented cruiser sterns of yesteryear.’
    • ‘You might remember me from such televisual classics as Funny-Shaped Vegetables, The Dog That Said Sausages and, of course, Get Britain Singing, with the late but not overly lamented Doc Cox.’
    • ‘It is this system which has been responsible for the secrecy during the budget process and which itself costs more to administer than the lamented and traditional British committee system.’
    • ‘The late, lamented Uptown 1 was silent - then a single staccato bark echoed throughout the cinema.’
    • ‘Sometimes they'd bring in Trent Buhler or Brian Kassian, both of the late, lamented Cowboy Dick.’
    • ‘Neither Rupert Murdoch nor Kerry Packer (nor his late lamented elder brother Clyde) is immortal; indeed their life expectancies are quite short.’
    • ‘Readers of the lamented but never forgotten Pillbox may remember a letter Penman received from Brian Anderson of the neo-Conservative City Journal.’
    dead, expired, departed, gone, no more, passed on, passed away
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