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The adjective lamentable is pronounced, in the British RP accent, with the stress on the first syllable: 'LAM-'nt-'ble', IPA: /ˈlæm ənt əb əl/. In American English, as with a minority of British speakers, it is pronounced with the stress on the second syllable, 'la-MENT-'bl' (IPA: /ləm ˈənt əb əl/), like the noun and verb, 'a lament' and 'to lament' (both realized as 'lem-ENT, IPA: /lə (or æ) m ˈənt/.

In the associated noun lamentation, the stress moves even further: to the third syllable: 'la-ment-AY-shn', IPA: /læm ənt ˈeɪ ʃn/.
There is a book in the Bible called Lamentations. It was traditionally said to be by the prophet Jeremiah, though modern scholarship does not agree. The old belief, however has led to the word jeremiad. (You may also like to see AWE's complete list of Books of the Bible.)