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 for lamentation
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Lamentation \Lam`en*ta"tion\, n. [F. lamentation, L.
     lamentatio.]
     1. The act of bewailing; audible expression of sorrow;
        wailing; moaning.
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              In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation and
              weeping.                              --Matt. ii.
                                                    18.
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     2. pl. (Script.) A book of the Old Testament attributed to
        the prophet Jeremiah, and taking its name from the nature
        of its contents.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  lamentation
      n 1: a cry of sorrow and grief; "their pitiful laments could be
           heard throughout the ward" [syn: lament, lamentation,
           plaint, wail]
      2: the passionate and demonstrative activity of expressing grief
         [syn: lamentation, mourning]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  49 Moby Thesaurus words for "lamentation":
     agony, anguish, bitterness, bleakness, care, carking care,
     cheerlessness, comfortlessness, crying, depression, discomfort,
     dismalness, distress, distressfulness, dreariness, grief, grieving,
     grievousness, heartfelt grief, heartgrief, joylessness,
     lamentability, lamenting, languishment, misery, moaning,
     mournfulness, mourning, pain, painfulness, pathos, pining,
     pitiability, pitiableness, pitifulness, poignancy, prostration,
     regrettableness, sadness, sharpness, sobbing, sorrow,
     sorrowfulness, sorrowing, wailing, weeping, woe, woebegoneness,
     woefulness
  
  

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

  Lamentation
     (Heb. qinah), an elegy or dirge. The first example of this form
     of poetry is the lament of David over Saul and Jonathan (2 Sam.
     1:17-27). It was a frequent accompaniment of mourning (Amos
     8:10). In 2 Sam. 3:33, 34 is recorded David's lament over Abner.
     Prophecy sometimes took the form of a lament when it predicted
     calamity (Ezek. 27:2, 32; 28:12; 32:2, 16).
     

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