tr.v. be·moaned, be·moan·ing, be·moans
1. To express grief over; lament.
2. To express disapproval of or regret for; deplore: "[He] recently bemoaned 'the cancer of the sound bite' afflicting Presidential campaigning" (John Tierney).
[Middle English bimonen, alteration (influenced by mone, moan) of bimenen, from Old English bemǣnan : be-, be- + mǣnan, to complain of; see mei-no- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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