Isobel mourned her husband

grieve for, sorrow over, lament for, weep for

he mourned the loss of the beautiful buildings

deplore, bewail, bemoan, rue, regret
mourn, bemoan, grieve, lament, rue, sorrow
Not everyone exhibits unhappiness in the same way. Grieve is the strongest of these verbs, implying deep mental anguish or suffering, often endured alone and in silence (she grieved for years over the loss of her baby). Mourn is more formal and often more public; although it implies deep emotion felt over a period of time, that emotion may be more ceremonial than sincere (the people mourned the loss of their leader). Lament comes from a Latin word meaning to wail or weep, and it therefore suggests a vocal or verbal expression of loss (The shrieking women lamented their husbands' deaths). Bemoan also suggests suppressed or inarticulate sounds of grief, often expressing regret or disapproval (to bemoan one's fate). Sorrow combines deep sadness with regret and often pertains to a less tragic loss than grieve or mourn (sorrow over a lost love), while rue has even stronger connotations of regret and repentance (she rued the day she was born).

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