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1. Loud and resounding: plangent bells.
2. Expressing or suggesting sadness; plaintive: "From a doorway came the plangent sounds of a guitar" (Malcolm Lowry).

[Latin plangēns, plangent-, present participle of plangere, to strike, lament; see plāk- in Indo-European roots.]

plan′gen·cy n.
plan′gent·ly adv.


the condition or quality of producing a deep or loud sound. — plangent, adj.
See also: Sound
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Noun1.plangency - having the character of a loud deep sound; the quality of being resonant
timbre, tone, quality, timber - (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound); "the timbre of her soprano was rich and lovely"; "the muffled tones of the broken bell summoned them to meet"
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He rarely indulges in plangency and is as sparing with his emotional effects as he is generous with his melodic and rhythmic effects.
Piau excels at inward plangency but also extrovert passion - as her vocal pyrotechnics in Handel's showpiece arias Il primo ardour and Da tempeste demonstrated.
Oppenheimer's staggering film achieves no such plangency, much as it attempts to shift from an often callously ironic tone to a graver and more nuanced approach, fashioning a redemptive narrative for Anwar, who gradually relinquishes his role as metteur en scene for that of martyr.
His early work is marred by over-reliance on capitalised abstractions such as Death, Love, Time, Beauty, and by sub-Yeatsian plangency, but shows also a remarkable lyric strain, which deepened throughout his short life" (4).
Lack of ornithological knowledge has resulted in the commission of some "clangers" of unusual plangency.
Hy eindig sy bespreking met die volgende sprekende sin: "And sometimes trains would cry in the monstrously hot and humid night with heartrending and ominous plangency, mingling power and hysteria in one desperate scream".
This last is a riveting performance--especially in one spine-tingling moment of pure theatre, when Prudence suddenly turns and speaks with force and plangency for all the downtrodden menials of this country.
The non-verbal sounds of a post-Darwinian cosmos of universal plangency, (13) to which the speaker directs us to attend, are like the shadow of the Medusa in "Aspecta Medusa," mysterious signs of an existential condition that is indifferent to human hope and aspiration.
Furthermore, the ending of the novel, wherein Hannah describes her happy condition in New Jersey in the free North, is in turn in complete harmony with the sentimental plangency of many Dickensian endings--the ending not only of Bleak House but also of David Copperfield (published in London in twenty monthly parts, 1849-1850, then in New York in 1852).
Bird's focus on the repressiveness of institutional authority combines with a bravura style and a welcome willingness to let the reader make up their own mind to conjure an unusual mixture of playfulness and plangency.
Hitherto the only bulwarks against such nightmare plangency, a tabernacle choir that absorbs every poet from Homer to Bruce Andrews, have been ignorance--hence the advantage of youth in lyric practice--or a violent refusal to play, which has itself become another adhesive tradition, post-Dada.
22) Although the same 'dying race' assumptions and 'ubi sunt' plangency underlie the poem, its emphasis is less pessimistic as it locates itself in a past which can be celebrated rather than a present which must be endured.