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lament (poetry)

Definition:

a mournful poem; a lament for the dead

Class:

communication noun (communicative processes and contents)

Plural:

laments

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

elegy

Etymology:

French lamenter, from Latin lāmentor ("I wail, weep"), from lāmenta ("wailings,...
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Definition references

Britannica Encyclopedia:

elegy [poetic form]

meditative lyric poem lamenting the death of a public personage or of a friend or loved one; by extension, any reflective lyric on the broader theme ... (26 of 488 words)

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Wikipedia:

Elegy

a mournful, melancholic or plaintive poem, especially a funeral song or a lament for the dead. The Greek term elegeia originally referred to any verse written in elegiac couplets and covering a wide range of subject matter. The term also included... (41 of 486 words)

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Elegy (disambiguation)

a poem of mourning, or historically a form of poetic meter. Elegy may also refer to: Élégie (Massenet), 1873 piece for cello and orchestra (Op.10 no.5), from incidental music to Les Érinnyes | Élégie (Fauré), 1883 piece for cello and orchestra... (40 of 430 words, 34 definitions)

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Collins Dictionary:

elegy | elegies [plural]

a mournful or plaintive poem or song, especially a lament for the dead | poetry or a poem written in elegiac couplets or stanzas (23 of 458 words, 2 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/elegy

Columbia Encyclopedia:

elegy

in Greek and Roman poetry, a poem written in elegiac verse (i.e., couplets consisting of a hexameter line followed by a pentameter line). The form ... (25 of 183 words)

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Merriam-Webster:

elegy | elegies [plural] | dirge [synonym, sense-specific] | lament [synonym, sense-specific] | requiem [synonym, sense-specific] | threnody [synonym, sense-specific] | taps [similar, sense-specific] | elegiac [similar, sense-specific] | monody [similar, sense-specific] | ...

a poem in elegiac couplets | a song or poem expressing sorrow or lamentation especially for one who is dead ; something (as a speech) resembling such ... (26 of 128 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/elegy

Oxford Dictionary:

elegy | elegies [plural]

(in modern literature) a poem of serious reflection, typically a lament for the dead. | (in Greek and Latin verse) a poem written in elegiac couplets, ... (25 of 73 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/elegy

American Heritage Dictionary:

elegy | elegies [plural]

A poem composed in elegiac couplets. | A poem or song composed especially as a lament for a deceased person. | Something resembling such a poem or ... (25 of 61 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/elegy

New World Dictionary:

elegy | elegies [plural]

any poem in elegiac verse | a poem or song of lament and praise for the dead, as Shelley's "Adonais" | any poem, song, etc. in a mournfully ... (26 of 60 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/elegy

Macmillan British Dictionary:

elegy [countable, literary] | elegies [plural]

a poem or other piece of writing expressing sadness, usually about someone's death (13 of 39 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/elegy

Random House Dictionary:

elegy | elegies [plural]

a mournful, melancholy, or plaintive poem, especially a funeral song or a lament for the dead. | a poem written in elegiac meter. | a sad or mournful ... (26 of 38 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/elegy

Cambridge Dictionary:

elegy

a sad poem or song, especially remembering someone who has died or something in the past (16 of 31 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/elegy

Wiktionary:

elegy | elegies [plural] | dirge [synonym] | threnody [synonym]

A mournful or plaintive poem; a funeral song; a poem of lamentation. (12 of 17 words, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/elegy

Encarta Dictionary:

elegy | elegies [plural]

a mournful or reflective poem | a poem written in elegiac couplets or stanzas | an instrumental piece, or setting for a song, composed as a lament for ... (26 of 124 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861607911​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

lament | laments [plural] | lamented [past tense] | lamenting [present participle]

Origin: French lamenter, from Latin lāmentor ("I wail, weep"), from lāmenta ("wailings, laments, moanings"); with formative -mentum, from the root *la-, probably ultimately imitative. Also see latrare.

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New World Dictionary:

lament

Origin: French lamenter from Latin lamentari from lamentum, a mourning, wailing from Indo-European echoic base *lā- derives Armenian lam, I weep

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Oxford Dictionary:

lament

Origin: late Middle English (as a verb): from French lamenter or Latin lamentari, from lamenta (plural) "weeping, wailing"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/lament

American Heritage Dictionary:

lament | lamented [past tense] | lamenting [present participle] | laments [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English lementen, from Old French lamenter, from Latin lāmentārī, from lāmentum, lament.

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Online Etymology:

lament

First use: mid-15th century

Origin: back-formation from "lamentation". The noun is recorded from 1590s.

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Collins Dictionary:

lament

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Latin lāmentum

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/lament

Merriam-Webster:

lament [entry 1, verb]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English lementen, from Middle French and Latin; Middle French lamenter, from Latin lamentari, from lamentum, noun, lament

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/lament

Encarta Dictionary:

lament | laments [plural] | lamented [past tense] | lamenting [present participle]

First use: Mid-16th century

Origin: Directly or via French from Latin lamentari from lamenta "laments"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861624799​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

lament

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "lament"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

lament [countable, noun] | laments [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "lament"

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lament [intransitive/transitive] | lamented [past tense] | lamenting [present participle] | laments [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "lament"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

lament [countable, noun] | laments [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "lament"

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lament [intransitive/transitive] | lamented [past tense] | lamenting [present participle] | laments [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "lament"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

lament [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "lament"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "lament"

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the Free Dictionary:

lament

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "lament"

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Google Dictionary:

lament | laments [plural] | lamented [past tense] | lamenting [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "lament"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

lament

Audio: North American pronunciation of "lament"

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YourDictionary Audio:

lament

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "lament" by speech synthesizer

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