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plaint

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The Collaborative International Dictionary Word definitions in The Collaborative International Dictionary
Plaint \Plaint\, n. [OE. plainte, pleynte, F. plainte, fr. L. plangere, planctum (plancta, fem. p. p.), to beat, beat the breast, lament. Cf. Complain , Plague , Plangent .] Audible expression of sorrow; lamentation; complaint; hence, a mournful song; a...

Wiktionary Word definitions in Wiktionary
n. 1 (context poetic or archaic English) A lament or woeful cry. 2 A complaint. 3 (context archaic or UK legal English) An accusation.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary Word definitions in Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"expression of sorrow," c.1200, from Old French plainte "lament, lamentation" (12c.), from Latin planctus "lamentation, wailing, beating of the breast," from past participle stem of plangere "to lament, to strike" (see plague (n.)). Connecting notion probably...

WordNet Word definitions in WordNet
n. a written statement of the grounds of complaint made to court law asking for the grievance to be redressed a cry of sorrow and grief; "their pitiful laments could be heard throughout the ward" [syn: lament , lamentation , wail ]

Usage examples of plaint.

I had by hir charmes and quadranguled plaints, been bereaued of my sences.

She walked up to the mother, sat down next to her, and spoke on stubbornly, no plaint nor mourning in her voice.

Then I heard it, not so much a moan as a kind of hissing plaint, with that in it which I could not refuse to answer.

Gulls floated high on lavender wings, their intermittent plaint answering the Indian voices that drifted up from the beach where the canoes were landing.

Softly, almost imperceptibly these waiting ones took up the mournful plaint, sending it floating out thin and high in answer to the approaching bearers of the dead.

No plaint is heard, yet this piece seems dirgelike all the same, an urban portrait of hell, not the fiery traditional hell we usually imagine, but the icy hell of erasure and nullity.

Lucie uttered her shrill plaint, Arthur at one side, his modulated tones in the middle register, and the bass of the minister pealed forth like an organ, while the voices of the women repeating his words took them up in chorus delightfully.

And all was still -- still as a temple dim, When low and faint, As murmurs plaint, Dies the last note of the Vesper hymn.

Far off and faint as a requiem plaint Floats the deep-toned voice of the mystic bell Piercingly -- thrillingly, Icily -- chillingly, Near -- and more near, Drearer -- and more drear, Soundeth the wild, weird, ding, dong, dell!

Sofya flung away the cigarette she had begun to smoke, turned to the piano, and again began to play the ringing plaints, the plaints of the lonely blocks of ice by the shore of the barren island in the sea of the far north.

What she knew she did have in place of a higher understanding was a storehouse of tales, anecdotes, snapshots, punch lines, and plaints from assorted humans at their most vulnerable and bizarre.

What she knew she did have in place of a higher understanding was a storehouse of tales, anecdotes, snapshots, punch lines, and plaints from assorted humans at their most vulnerable and bizarre.

Of its own act the threads were snapt whereby Its plaints had reached mine ear.

Only Cory can hear Kip's exclamations to the world in general—broken phrases of wonderment and amaze, half-uttered plaints about their own projected hydraulic system, astonishment at the Dameii's knowledge of the Federation Supply Catalog, astoundment that they should wish to change their immemorial way of life, dire predictions of their disappointment, bewildered curses of dismay.

Therewith an hollow, dreary, murmuring voyceThese piteous plaints and dolours did resound.