lamentation

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English[edit]

Beweinung Christi (Lamentation of Christ, 1509) by German painter Bernhard Strigel. The lamentation of Christ is a common subject in Christian art, and shows Jesus being mourned by his family and friends after his crucifixion and descent from the Cross.

Etymology[edit]

recorded since 1375, from Latin lamentatio (wailing, moaning, weeping), from the deponent verb lāmentor, from lāmentum (wail; wailing), itself from a Proto-Indo-European *la- (to shout, cry), presumed ultimately imitative. Replaced Old English cwiþan. Lament is a 16th-century back-formation.

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Noun[edit]

lamentation (plural lamentations)

  1. The act of lamenting.
  2. A sorrowful cry; a lament.
  3. Specifically, mourning.
  4. lamentatio, (part of) a liturgical Bible text (from the book of Job) and its musical settings, usually in the plural; hence, any dirge
  5. A group of swans.

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References[edit]

  • lamentation” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

French[edit]

Noun[edit]

lamentation f (plural lamentations)

  1. lamentation, loud/ostentatious plaint

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Middle French[edit]

Noun[edit]

lamentation f (plural lamentations)

  1. lamentation, loud/ostentatious plaint