American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To express feelings of pain, dissatisfaction, or resentment.
- v. To make a formal accusation or bring a formal charge.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To utter expressions of grief, pain, uneasiness, censure, resentment, or dissatisfaction; lament or murmur about anything; find fault.
- Figuratively, to make a sound resembling that of lamentation or suffering; emit a mournful sound or noise: as, the complaining wind; the sea complains dismally.
- To utter an expression of discomfort or sorrow from some cause; speak of the suffering of anything: with of: as, to complain of headache, of poverty, or of wrong.
- To make a formal accusation against a person, or on account of anything; make a charge: with of.
- Synonyms To bewail, repine, grieve, mourn, grumble, croak.
- To lament; bewail; deplore.
- n. Complaint; outcry.
- v. intransitive To express feelings of pain, dissatisfaction, or resentment.
- v. intransitive To make a formal accusation or bring a formal charge.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To give utterance to expression of grief, pain, censure, regret. etc.; to lament; to murmur; to find fault; -- commonly used with
of. Also, to creak or squeak, as a timber or wheel.
- v. To make a formal accusation; to make a charge.
- v. obsolete To lament; to bewail.
- v. express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness
- v. make a formal accusation; bring a formal charge
- From Middle English complaynen, from Old French complaindre, from Medieval Latin complangere ("to bewail, complain"), from Latin com- ("together") + plangere ("to strike, beat, as the breast in extreme grief, bewail"); see plain, plaint. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English compleinen, from Old French complaindre, complaign-, from Vulgar Latin *complangere : Latin com-, intensive pref.; see com- + Latin plangere, to lament; see plāk-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“III. ii.31 (278,2) [complain of good breeding] I am in doubt whether the custom of the language in Shakespeare's time did not authorise this mode of speech, and make _complain of good breeding_ the same with _complain_ of the want of _good_ breeding.”
“The squeeky wheel gets the grease so these very angry groups with "family" in their title complain and flood the fcc with complains and threaten to boycott advertisers if they continue to advertise on "family-unfriendly" shows. 90% of people in the US may not care, but that 10% makes enough noise and the networks back down and put on yet another cop or lawyer show.”
“My only complain is how fantastically slow Smith is.”
“Very funny, and I will never again complain about any of my bosses, who have (for the most part) all been pretty good, and some have been excellent.”
“Chas replied to battle angel alita battle angel alita, you can go a step even further than boycotting Virgin - complain to ASA and Virgin themselves and get this godawful ad pulled from our TV screens.”
“And I will never again complain about my failed induction and 2 days of 3-minute contractions, I promise!”
“I am willing to bet that the same Republicans who complained about not having enough time to read the bill last time, will again complain about not having enough time to read the health care bill.”
“My complain is the liberaterian claim that private schools can do this with fewer resources then public schools.”
“But some big U.S. companies doing business in China are increasingly irritated by the obstacles to selling there — particularly financial and other services — and at what they complain is a Chinese propensity to steal intellectual property.”
“Johnson was called for a technical foul with 6: 23 left, and Woodson soon drew a technical as he continued to complain from the bench. ...”
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