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Use 'wail' for expressing strong emotions, usually in negative situations. SlideHe wailed in frustration after failing the exam.
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'Wail' implies a loud and uncontrollable crying, more intense than a whimper. SlideThe baby wailed until her parents comforted her.
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Wailing often happens in public or shared grief as a collective expression of sorrow. SlideThe community wailed together at the memorial service.