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[jer-uh-mahy-uh d, -ad] /ˌdʒɛr əˈmaɪ əd, -æd/
a prolonged lamentation or mournful complaint.
Origin of jeremiad
1770-80; Jeremi(ah) + -ad1 in reference to Jeremiah's Lamentations Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Hanneh Breineh, in a friendly manner, settled herself on the sound end of the bed, and began her jeremiad.

    Hungry Hearts Anzia Yezierska
  • However, here is my jeremiad after all; it seems to have been inevitable!

  • There was just truth enough in the jeremiad to make it sting.

  • Now I've done my jeremiad, and I will go on twanging my harp in the "willow tree."

    Louisa May Alcott Louisa May Alcott
  • Still other insects, unseen but none the less busy, added to the burden of his jeremiad.

    From Place to Place Irvin S. Cobb
  • English feeling about Jeremiah has long ago been summed up and stereotyped in the single word "jeremiad."

  • To-night, however, there were variety and spice with his jeremiad.

    The Goose Girl Harold MacGrath
British Dictionary definitions for jeremiad


a long mournful lamentation or complaint
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for jeremiad

1780, from French jérémiade (1762), in reference to "Lamentations of Jeremiah" in Old Testament.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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