plaint

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\ ˈplānt How to pronounce plaint (audio) \

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the day after the massacre the plaints of bereaved mothers and wives could be heard throughout the village that taxes are too high is perhaps the most perennial of plaints
Recent Examples on the Web The company said the decision to close came after the plaint failed to secure any capacity revenues in the latest auction held in May by the grid operator, PJM. Chris Mayhew, The Enquirer, 22 July 2021 These points are not the most cynical aspect of McConnell’s plaint, however. Los Angeles Times, 23 Apr. 2020 Among other things, this culture war plaint was a brazen gambit for a rich kid whose start-to-finish private education cost $500,000. Alexander Zaitchik, The New Republic, 25 July 2019 There’s a scene in Fallen Kingdom that will stay with me for a little while: a lone brontosaurus, standing on a shore nearly engulfed in ash and flame, stretching its long neck up to the sky and braying out a mournful plaint. Richard Lawson, HWD, 5 June 2018 Their rhythms can be jagged, but in simpatico ways, and the slightly off-tilt production has echoes of the plaint of the Native Tongues and early Outkast. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, 4 Apr. 2018 This plaint comes as McCray’s political ambitions are becoming clear, with The New York Times wondering if the couple is hoping to become a Clinton-style dynastic duo. Alexander Nazaryan, Newsweek, 21 Mar. 2018 Hancock's plaint is that mainstream science is stuck in a uniformitarian model of slow, gradual change and so cannot accept a catastrophic explanation. Michael Shermer, Scientific American, 1 June 2017 Raspail’s book is not so much a warning as a plaint—a catastrophic summoning up of the loss of a coherent identity rooted in a common church and culture. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 30 Mar. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of plaint

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for plaint

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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“Plaint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plaint. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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