plaintively


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Related to plaintively: menacingly, ominously

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.
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Adv.1.plaintively - in a plaintive manner; "the last note of the song rang out plaintively"
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Translations
بِشَجى، بِحُزْن، بِأسى
naříkavě
panaszosan
á angurværan hátt
hüzünlekederle

plaintively

[ˈpleɪntɪvlɪ] ADVlastimeramente, con dolor
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plaintively

[ˈpleɪntɪvli] advplaintivementplain yoghurt nyaourt m nature
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

plaintively

adv say, askklagend
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plaintively

[ˈpleɪntɪvlɪ] adv (speak) → lamentosamente; (look) → malinconicamente
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

plaintive

(ˈpleintiv) adjective
sounding sad or sorrowful. a plaintive cry.
ˈplaintively adverb
ˈplaintiveness noun
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References in classic literature ?
And then, in the loneliness of the dark, on the heaving breast of the sea that he recognized as one more of the eternal enemies, he began to whimper and cry plaintively like a lost child.
Old Laska, who had not yet fully digested her delight at his return, and had run out into the yard to bark, came back wagging her tail, and crept up to him, bringing in the scent of fresh air, put her head under his hand, and whined plaintively, asking to be stroked.
Ramballe put his arms around their necks while they carried him and began wailing plaintively:
At last, when the ship drew near to the outskirts, as it were, of the Equatorial fishing-ground, and in the deep darkness that goes before the dawn, was sailing by a cluster of rocky islets; the watch --then headed by Flask --was startled by a cry so plaintively wild and unearthly --like half-articulated wailings of the ghosts of all Herod's murdered Innocents --that one and all, they started from their reveries, and for the space of some moments stood, or sat, or leaned all transfixedly listening, like the carved Roman slave, while that wild cry remained within hearing.
She was wont to say plaintively, "I'm afraid the faculties was too much divided up between my twins.
The sledge slid along in the midst of a plaintively intense melody.
He could hear the tattered man bleating plaintively.
As if expecting a protest, she continued plaintively; "If you're too busy with the hauling I presume you can let Jotham Powell drive me over with the sorrel in time to ketch the train at the Flats."
His companion followed him, and the poor goat ran after them all, bleating plaintively.
"Miss Shirley will keep me company while you are out -- won't you?" she said plaintively. She settled down in her armchair with a sigh.
I called to him--most plaintively, I remember; and he stopped and looked back.
Cocky!" he called plaintively to the blind, insensate walls.