lamentation

Lamentation usually occurs when someone dies or a tragedy occurs. At the funeral, you could hardly hear the speaker above the wails of lamentation.

From the Latin lamenta, meaning “weeping” or “wailing,” lamentation means more than just shedding a few tears. Lamentation is when grief pours out. If you lose a nice pencil that's no cause for lamentation, but if you lose all your money in a stock market crash, that might be. If someone tells you you'll be late to your own funeral, you can always say: “At least I'll get to enjoy the lamentation!”

Definitions of lamentation
  1. noun
    the passionate and demonstrative activity of expressing grief
    synonyms: mourning
    see moresee less
    type of:
    activity
    any specific behavior
    expression, manifestation, reflection, reflexion
    expression without words
  2. noun
    a cry of sorrow and grief
    synonyms: lament, plaint, wail
    see moresee less
    type of:
    complaint
    (formerly) a loud cry (or repeated cries) of pain or rage or sorrow
Word Family