plaintive


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plain·tive

 (plān′tĭv)
adj.
Expressing sorrow; mournful or melancholy.

[Middle English plaintif, from Old French, aggrieved, lamenting, from plaint, complaint; see plaint.]

plain′tive·ly adv.
plain′tive·ness n.

plaintive

(ˈpleɪntɪv)
adj
expressing melancholy; mournful
[C14: from Old French plaintif grieving, from plainte plaint]
ˈplaintively adv
ˈplaintiveness n

plain•tive

(ˈpleɪn tɪv)

adj.
expressing sorrow or melancholy; mournful: a plaintive melody.
[1350–1400; Middle English plaintif < Middle French; see plaint, -ive]
plain′tive•ly, adv.
plain′tive•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.plaintive - expressing sorrow
sorrowful - experiencing or marked by or expressing sorrow especially that associated with irreparable loss; "sorrowful widows"; "a sorrowful tale of death and despair"; "sorrowful news"; "even in laughter the heart is sorrowful"- Proverbs 14:13

plaintive

plaintive

adjective
Full of or expressive of sorrow:
Translations
نائِح، شَجي، حَزين
žalostný
sørgmodig
panaszos
angurvær
graudumasgraudžiai
žēlabains
acıklıkederli

plaintive

[ˈpleɪntɪv] ADJlastimero, quejumbroso

plaintive

[ˈpleɪntɪv] adjplaintif/ive

plaintive

adjklagend; voice etc alsowehleidig (pej); song etc alsoschwermütig, elegisch (geh); look etcleidend; the letter ended on a plaintive noteder Brief schloss mit einer Klage

plaintive

[ˈpleɪntɪv] adj (voice, song) → lamentoso/a; (look) → struggente
plaintive cry → lamento

plaintive

(ˈpleintiv) adjective
sounding sad or sorrowful. a plaintive cry.
ˈplaintively adverb
ˈplaintiveness noun
References in classic literature ?
She had a plaintive way of saying, "When Papa was rich we did so-and-so," which was very touching, and her long words were considered `perfectly elegant' by the girls.
When this recital of events was ended, his voice once more changed, and became plaintive and even musical, in its low guttural sounds.
Her tone, as she uttered the exclamation, had a plaintive and really exquisite melody thrilling through it, yet without subduing a certain something which an obtuse auditor might still have mistaken for asperity.
But the bird has a voice, and with plaintive cries will make known her fear; but the fear of this vast dumb brute of the sea, was chained up and enchanted in him; he had no voice, save that choking respiration through his spiracle, and this made the sight of him unspeakably pitiable; while still, in his amazing bulk, portcullis jaw, and omnipotent tail, there was enough to appal the stoutest man who so pitied.
The hostess, who was busy in various fizzing and stewing operations over the fire, preparatory to the evening meal, stopped, with a fork in her hand, as Eliza's sweet and plaintive voice arrested her.
for taps is the soldier's nightly release from duty, and farewell: plaintive, sweet, pathetic, for the morning is never sure, for him; always it is possible that he is hearing it for the last time.
Five years dragged by, and still, every night at midnight, the plaintive tones floated out over the silent land, while the distant boatmen and peasants thrust their fingers into their ears and shuddered out a prayer.
asked Isabella in the plaintive tone which just suited her father.
She sighed with a plaintive humility, and privately opened her ears to the conversation on the other side of her.
The plaintive tone of her compassion merged into the less musical voice of the Judge, as he said something fiercely: "Answer the questions put to you, and make no remark upon them.
All this time the chestnuts and the jug went round and round; and by-and-bye they had a song, about a lost child travelling in the snow, from Tiny Tim, who had a plaintive little voice, and sang it very well indeed.
He lies down at my feet, stretches himself out as if to sleep, and with a plaintive cry, is dead.