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plaint

 (plānt)
n.
1. A complaint.
2. An utterance of grief or sorrow; a lamentation.

[Middle English, from Old French plainte, from Latin plānctus, lament, from past participle of plangere, to strike one's breast, lament; see plāk- in Indo-European roots.]

plaint

(pleɪnt)
n
1. (Poetry) archaic a complaint or lamentation
2. (Law) law a statement in writing of grounds of complaint made to a court of law and asking for redress of the grievance
[C13: from Old French plainte, from Latin planctus lamentation, from plangere to beat]

plaint

(pleɪnt)

n.
1. a complaint.
2. a lament; lamentation.
[1175–1225; Middle English < Middle French < Latin planctus a striking or beating (the breast) in grief =plang(ere) to beat, strike, mourn for + -tus suffix of v. action]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.plaint - (United Kingdom) a written statement of the grounds of complaint made to court of law asking for the grievance to be redressed
allegation - (law) a formal accusation against somebody (often in a court of law); "an allegation of malpractice"
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
2.plaint - a cry of sorrow and griefplaint - a cry of sorrow and grief; "their pitiful laments could be heard throughout the ward"
complaint - (formerly) a loud cry (or repeated cries) of pain or rage or sorrow
Translations

plaint

n (liter)
(= complaint)Wehklage f (geh)
(= cry)Gejammer nt; the moans and plaints of their childrendas Gequäke und Gejammer ihrer Kinder
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Death cannonized for us one saint, Ever less human than divine, And still we lay, with tender plaint, Relics in this household shrine-- The silver bell, so seldom rung, The little cap which last she wore, The fair, dead Catherine that hung By angels borne above her door.
But, in the milder moments of their plaint, these emblems of purity and sweetness were cast back to their places, with every sign of tenderness and regret.
They had to be torn apart by force; the girl had to be dragged away, and she struggled and fought and shrieked like one gone mad till a turn of the road hid her from sight; and even after that, we could still make out the fading plaint of those receding shrieks.
It is the plaint of Lazarus when, at the sound of the Redeemer's voice, he begins to open his eyes and see the light of day.
No echoes of that discord shall be heard Where Father Tagus rolls, or on the banks Of olive-bordered Betis; to the rocks Or in deep caverns shall my plaint be told, And by a lifeless tongue in living words; Or in dark valleys or on lonely shores, Where neither foot of man nor sunbeam falls; Or in among the poison-breathing swarms Of monsters nourished by the sluggish Nile.
Her manner was certainly peasant-like with a sort of plaint in the voice, while the face was that of a serving Sister in some small and rustic convent.
The reason of the pain this discovery causes us (and we make it late in respect to works of art and intellect), is the plaint of tragedy which murmurs from it in regard to persons, to friendship and love.
Lend an ear, then, to this concert of bell towers; spread over all the murmur of half a million men, the eternal plaint of the river, the infinite breathings of the wind, the grave and distant quartette of the four forests arranged upon the hills, on the horizon, like immense stacks of organ pipes; extinguish, as in a half shade, all that is too hoarse and too shrill about the central chime, and say whether you know anything in the world more rich and joyful, more golden, more dazzling, than this tumult of bells and chimes;--than this furnace of music,--than these ten thousand brazen voices chanting simultaneously in the flutes of stone, three hundred feet high,--than this city which is no longer anything but an orchestra,--than this symphony which produces the noise of a tempest.
It was not interrupted when a squirrel dropped a nut on us from the top of a tall hickory; and the plaint of a meadow-lark prolonged itself with unbroken sweetness from one world to the other.
This plaint is thine, as I learn, brother Ambrose," said he.
About me is murmur and hum, and I know it for the gnat- swarm of the living, piping for a little space its thin plaint of troubled air.
It was invested with the woe of unnumbered generations, this plaint by which Buck was so strangely stirred.