List of 426 Sets of Synonyms - How they Differ - Total of 2307 Words -
cry, weep, wail, keen, whimper, sob, blubber.
These verbs mean to make inarticulate sounds of grief, unhappiness, or pain.
both involve the shedding of tears; cry more strongly implies accompanying
sound: And when William of Orange died the little children cried in the
streets. I weep for the starving children
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refers primarily to sustained, inarticulate mournful sound: The women began to
suggests the wailing associated with lamentation for those who have died: It is
the wild Irish women keening over their dead.
refers to low, plaintive broken or repressed cries, as those made by a child:
prisoner cowered and whimpered for clemency.
describes weeping or a mixture of broken speech and weeping marked by
convulsive breathing or gasping: (sobbing, and crying, and wringing her hands
as if her heart would break.
refers to noisy, unrestrained shedding of tears accompanied by broken or
inarticulate speech: He blubbered like a child being spanked.