tr.v. be·wailed, be·wail·ing, be·wails
1. To cry over; lament: bewail the dead.
2. To express sorrow or unhappiness over: "Hour after hour he sat bewailing his plight" (Amitav Ghosh).
[Middle English biwailen : bi-, be- + wailen; see WAIL.]
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