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  1. present participle of lament


lamenting (plural lamentings)

  1. Lamentation.
    • 1577, Timothy Kendall (translator), “The song of S. Ierome in the deseit” in Flowers of Epigrammes, London: John Shepperd,[1]
      If gronyngs greate, get grace at God,
      and loude lamentyngs, loue:
      I hope my piteous pearcyng plaintes,
      shall God to mercie moue.
    • c. 1605, William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act II, Scene 3,[2]
      The night has been unruly: where we lay,
      Our chimneys were blown down; and, as they say,
      Lamentings heard i’ th’ air, strange screams of death []
    • 1774, Thomas Hull, Henry the Second: or, the Fall of Rosamund, London: John Bell, Act IV, p. 48,[3]
      Lose not the Moments
      In vain Lamentings o’er Mischances past:
      One Project foil’d, another should be try’d,