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plangent

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of plangent

  1. 1 expressing or suggesting mourning a plangent, haunting song about a long-ago love Synonyms aching, agonized, anguished, bemoaning, bewailing, bitter, deploring, doleful, dolesome, dolorous, funeral, grieving, heartbroken, lamentable, lugubrious, plaintive, mournful, regretful, rueful, sorrowful, sorry, wailing, weeping, woefulRelated Words dirgelike, elegiac (also elegiacal), melancholy; dejected, depressed, despondent, disconsolate, dispirited, downcast, downhearted, heartsick, heartsore, inconsolable, tearful; brokenhearted, careworn, crestfallen, downcast, downhearted, forlorn, gloomy, glum, low-spirited, miserable, sad, triste, unhappy, woebegone; bawling, crying, groaning, howling, keening, moaning, yammering; bleeding, suffering; black, bleak, cheerless, comfortless, dark, darkening, desolate, dismal, dreary, funereal, gloomy, glum, gray (also grey), joyless, low, miserable, moody, morbid, morose, pathetic, pessimistic, piteous, saturnine, somber (or sombre), sullen, wretchedNear Antonyms delighted, exulting, glorying, happy, joyful, rejoicing, triumphant; bright, cheerful, cheering, cheery; laughing, smiling; blissful, blithe, blithesome, buoyant, jocund, jolly, joyous, lighthearted, merry, mirthful; encouraging, hopeful, optimistic; ecstatic, elated, euphoric, exhilarated, giddy, heady, rapturous, rhapsodic (also rhapsodical)

  2. 2 marked by a high volume of sound plangent organ music filled the church Synonyms blaring, blasting, booming, clamorous, clangorous, deafening, earsplitting, piercing, loud, resounding, ringing, roaring, slam-bang, sonorous, stentorian, thundering, thunderousRelated Words brazen, dinning, discordant, noisy, obstreperous, raucous, rip-roaring, vociferous; grating, harsh, overloud, sharp, shrill, squealing, stridentNear Antonyms dead, quiet, silent, still, stilly, ultraquiet; calm, dreamy, peaceful, restful, serene, soothing, tranquil; hushed, muffled, muted, softened, toned (down)Antonyms gentle, low, soft

  3. 3 marked by conspicuously full and rich sounds or tones the strong, plangent tones of a Louis Armstrong trumpet solo Synonyms golden, orotund, resonant, resounding, reverberant, reverberating, reverberative, ringing, rotund, round, sonorous, vibrantRelated Words deep, full, mellifluent, mellifluous, mellow, plummy, rich; loud, powerful, stentorian, thundering, thunderousNear Antonyms cavernous, hollow; faint, low, murmurous, muted, smothered, soft, weak; thin, tinny

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