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[pleynt] /pleɪnt/
a complaint.
Law. a statement of grievance made to a court for the purpose of asking redress.
a lament; lamentation.
Origin of plaint
1175-1225; Middle English < Middle French < Latin planctus a striking or beating (the breast) in grief, equivalent to plang(ere) to beat, strike, mourn for + -tus, suffix of v. action Unabridged
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  • Hour after hour, they sat in the hushed upper chamber, facing their nearing desolation, without a plaint or an audible sigh.

    Jessamine Marion Harland
  • All through the town was heard the plaint of the feminine jabber.

  • So far as the gold industry is concerned, the plaint of the humble citizen on this score is a little ridiculous.

    The African Colony John Buchan
  • "This plaint is thine, as I learn, brother Ambrose," said he.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The first statement in this paragraph of plaint calls for no elaboration.

  • He filled the place with his plaint, whilst Binet swore amazingly and variedly.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • Sometimes it is a plaint of a mother whose child has met the fate of those "whom the gods love."

    Essays in the Study of Folk-Songs (1886) Countess Evelyn Martinengo-Cesaresco
  • I have taken the liberty to give as a title for it "The plaint of the Merrimac."

    Whittier-land Samuel T. Pickard
  • Romance dies with marriage is the plaint of poet and novelists; the charm of woman disappears with her mystery, with possession.

    The Nervous Housewife Abraham Myerson
  • The scene opens with the plaint of Mary Magdalene, "Where have they laid him?"

    The Standard Oratorios George P. Upton
British Dictionary definitions for plaint


(archaic) a complaint or lamentation
(law) a statement in writing of grounds of complaint made to a court of law and asking for redress of the grievance
Word Origin
C13: from Old French plainte, from Latin planctus lamentation, from plangere to beat
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Word Origin and History for plaint

"expression of sorrow," c.1200, from Old French plainte "lament, lamentation" (12c.), from Latin planctus "lamentation, wailing, beating of the breast," from past participle stem of plangere "to lament, to strike" (see plague (n.)). Connecting notion probably is beating one's breast in grief.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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