from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A literary work or speech expressing a bitter lament or a righteous prophecy of doom.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A long speech or prose work that bitterly laments the state of society and its morals, and often contains a prophecy of its coming downfall.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A tale of sorrow, disappointment, or complaint; a doleful story; a dolorous tirade; -- generally used satirically.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Lamentation; an utterance of grief or sorrow; a complaining tirade: used with a spice of ridicule or mockery, implying either that the grief itself is unnecessarily great, or that the utterance of it is tediously drawn out and attended with a certain satisfaction to the utterer.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a long and mournful complaint
Keillor’s jeremiad is wrong on so many levels, and proceeds from a place of such monumental self-regard and fundamental misinformation, that a proper rebuttal would require an entire afternoon and a minimum of ten double-spaced pages.
The expectation of jeremiad is so deeply ingrained in Americans’ political consciousness that it might seem to be universal.
Who says calling up the local hub and filling up the whole fifteen-minute block of the operator's voicemail with a howling spoken word jeremiad about FRAUD and LIES doesn't get you anywhere?
The New Yorker today is just as willing to publish a barely illustrated, three-part, 30,000-word jeremiad on climate change as founding editor Harold Ross was happy to devote an entire issue to one article on the aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing.
In 1980, George W.S. Trow, a veteran New Yorker staff writer and one of the founding editors of The National Lampoon, published a 25,000-word jeremiad decrying the evils of television.
America has a grand tradition of the "jeremiad," a form named after the prophet Jeremiah who was sent to tell a nation to repent before it was too late.
It helpfully reasserts the book's argument; and by its resort to invective — "jeremiad," "screeds," "emotionally gratifying," "capitalist hobgoblins," etc. — his letter offers an instructive insight into Reich's own thought processes.
The whole of the first act consists of one emphatic jeremiad by Cicero, about the desperate condition of Rome as it then was, its factiousness, its servility, -- a jeremiad which is continued at the end of the act, by the chorus, in rhymed stanzas.
"The Great Gatsby" is a kind of jeremiad (as any student of Bercovitch's will tell you).
Jesus' miracles are "magic tricks"; the sensitive and subtle theologian, philosopher and preacher Jonathan Edwards's best-known jeremiad is a "slasher sermon"; the parting of the Red Sea is the Bible's "most over-the-top miracle."
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