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: lamentation, wail
: protest, complaint
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groan, howl, keen, lament, lamentation, moan, wail
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13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin planctus, from plangere to strike, beat one's breast, lament; akin to Old High German fluokhōn to curse, Greek plēssein to strike
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to make faulty or ineffective
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