One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the widow's laments’
wail, wailing, lamentation, moan, moaning, groan, weeping, crying, sob, sobbing, keening, howl, complaint
rare jeremiad, ululation
2‘he sang a lament for the dead’
dirge, requiem, elegy, funeral chant, funeral song, burial hymn, dead march, keen, plaint, knell
rare threnody, monody, epicedium
1‘the mourners lamented a life taken so suddenly’
mourn, grieve, grieve for, grieve over, weep for, shed tears for
sorrow, wail, moan, groan, weep, cry, sob, keen, plain, howl, pine for, beat one's breast
2‘he lamented the modernizing of the old buildings’
bemoan, bewail, complain about, deplore, regret, rue
protest against, speak out against, object to, oppose, disagree with, fulminate against, inveigh against, rail at, make a fuss about, denounce
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