from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A complaint.
- n. An utterance of grief or sorrow; a lamentation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A lament or woeful cry.
- n. A complaint.
- n. An accusation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Audible expression of sorrow; lamentation; complaint; hence, a mournful song; a lament.
- n. An accusation or protest on account of an injury.
- n. A private memorial tendered to a court, in which a person sets forth his cause of action; the exhibiting of an action in writing.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Lamentation; complaint; audible expression of sorrow; a sad or serious song.
- n. Representation made of injury or wrong done; complaint.
- n. In law: A statement of grievance made to a court for the purpose of asking redress.
- n. The first process in an inferior court, in the nature of original process.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (United Kingdom) a written statement of the grounds of complaint made to court of law asking for the grievance to be redressed
- n. a cry of sorrow and grief
The usual plaint is the health care American style is very expensive, which is a simple fact.
About me is murmur and hum, and I know it for the gnat - swarm of the living, piping for a little space its thin plaint of troubled air.
As the Bowery fete ably proves, Superdrag's back catalog is loaded with power-pop bullets-such as the cheerfully bitter post-major-label plaint "Keep It Close to Me"
Job was not, in her view, rebellious; "his plaint was a relief to his own spirit, and an appeal for sympathy."
It begins with a plaint, that is full of cynic despair; thence it breaks suddenly into a cheerful andante.
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And all through the years, in trouble and in happiness, her plaint was the same: "If I'd thought I was going to stick down on a farm all my life, slavin 'for a pack of men folks day and night, I'd rather have died.
And all through the years, in trouble and in happiness, her plaint was the same -- "If I'd thought I was going to stick down on a farm all my life, slavin 'for a pack of menfolks day and night, I'd rather have died.
"I simply can't walk, and you boys needn't demand it of me," was her plaint.
So it is tempting to dismiss his dim view of contemporary pop as the all-too-typical plaint of an aging fan.
Accompanying his statistics on the uninsured is the plaint that the U.S. spends a considerably larger fraction of its GDP on the health sector than any other country.