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verb as in cry loudly

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The sirens and the wails will recur … again and again and again.

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As the women “wail” and the men “dance,” the community takes time to “demonstrate care and respect for the dead.”

Kirsty, understandably, was not impressed at being dumped on her dream day, and her bereft wail filled the church.

Meanwhile, Tel Aviv's cafes still buzz with activity, even as the sirens wail.

As CEOs, investors, and lobbyists wail, Republicans will only be able to deliver if they can coax President Obama into a deal.

A helicopter chugged above and there was the wail of a siren.

His childhood, except when he could be rocked and sung into sickly sleep, was one long piteous wail.

Gradually all grew still and then over the river came the terrible hunger wail of a tiger.

Throughout the country-side, wherever the echo of the wail was heard, a tension fell upon everything.

He ate it in silence, except that every now and then he uttered a sort of wail, and looked up at Lillyston.

And in windy, still frozen March the wail of a tiny baby was heard in the house.


On this page you'll find 97 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to wail, such as: fuss, grieve, howl, moan, mourn, and sob.

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