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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-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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]
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]
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|Noun||1.||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 grief; "their pitiful laments could be heard throughout the ward"|
complaint - (formerly) a loud cry (or repeated cries) of pain or rage or sorrow