- an expression of discontent, regret, pain, censure, resentment, or grief; lament; faultfinding: his complaint about poor schools.
- a cause of discontent, pain, grief, lamentation, etc.
- a cause of bodily pain or ailment; malady: The doctor says I suffer from a rare complaint.
- Law. the first pleading of the plaintiff in a civil action, stating the cause of action.
Origin of complaint
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Examples from the Web for complaint
The complaint continues, “During this period of time, defendant escaped police custody.”
“Defendant moved his hands in a manner so as to avoid the application of handcuffs to his wrists,” the complaint says.
In January 2013, the TRN group filed a second complaint in the Dial Global suit, demanding a jury trial.The Godfather of Right-Wing Radio
November 23, 2014
He has received no reply from the government to the complaint he sent.Corruption Eats Away at Ukraine Military
October 21, 2014
A Republican activist filed a complaint that Perez was ineligible because he had only joined the Maryland bar in 2001.Frontrunner for Attorney General Was Thrown Off Ballot for A.G. of Maryland
October 13, 2014
No one has seen him shed a tear, of heard him utter a complaint.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
She made no complaint of him, and even spoke of him as generous.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Such a course is frequent and would not give the right of complaint to anybody.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
There was a curious mixture of complaint and satisfaction in Dick's tone.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
The first comer utters his complaint of humiliation before him.The Babylonian Legends of the Creation
- the act of complaining; an expression of grievance
- a cause for complaining; grievance
- a mild ailment
- English law a statement by which a civil proceeding in a magistrates' court is commenced
Word Origin and History for complaint
late 14c., "lamentation, grief," from Old French complainte (12c.) "complaint, lament," noun use of fem. past participle of complaindre (see complain). Meaning "bodily ailment" is from 1705 (often in U.S. colloquial use generalized as complaints).