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lament

verb [I or T] uk   /ləˈment/ us  
to express sadness and feeling sorry about something: The poem opens by lamenting (over) the death of a young man. My grandmother, as usual, lamented the decline in moral standards in today's society. The late lamented (= dead and remembered with love) Frank Giotto used to live here.

lament

noun [C] uk   /ləˈment/ formal us  
a song, poem, or other piece of writing that expresses sadness about someone's death: The whole play can be interpreted as a lament for lost youth.
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