\ ˈplānt How to pronounce plaint (audio) \

Definition of plaint

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Synonyms & Antonyms for plaint


groan, howl, keen, lament, lamentation, moan, wail


exultation, rejoicing

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Examples of plaint in a Sentence

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

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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, "Is Josh Hawley For Real?," 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, "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," 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, "Indie Rap Veterans Return to a Genre Still in Need of Opposition," 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, "Donald Trump of New York: How ‘Resistance’ Leader Bill de Blasio Became City Hall’s Very Own Trump," 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, "No, There Wasn't an Advanced Civilization 12,000 Years Ago," 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, "Franco-American," 30 Mar. 2017 Several bloggers have commented on Paul Bloom’s Seed plaint about brain imaging studies receiving too much attention and a certain false credibility. David Dobbs, WIRED, "Flickering Lights: One-Shot Wonders versus the Network Model," 4 July 2006 After last year’s stunning Black Lives Matter plaint, the show has, in some ways, doubled down on its political awakening. Richard Lawson,, "Orange Is the New Black Still Packs a Punch—but the Future Looks Murky," 14 June 2017

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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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