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[plan-juh nt] /ˈplæn dʒənt/
resounding loudly, especially with a plaintive sound, as a bell.
Origin of plangent
1815-25; < Latin plangent- (stem of plangēns), present participle of plangere to beat, lament. See plain2, -ent
Related forms
plangency, noun
plangently, adverb Unabridged
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  • Klyda gasped aloud at the horror of the plangent din, and she spun about to locate its cause.

    Buff: A Collie and other dog-stories Albert Payson Terhune
  • And now, a solemn and plangent token of Oxford's perpetuity, the first stroke of Great Tom sounded.

    Zuleika Dobson Max Beerbohm
  • It seemed as large as the shell of a cathedral, and for organ there was the plangent, echoing sound of sea waves.

    The Air Pirate Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • A song fours down from the skies, a plangent song of triumph from the Moon.

    The Masque of the Elements Herman Scheffauer
  • Then from a point in the south came that warning, plangent cry of the evil bird.

    The Keepers of the Trail

    Joseph A. Altsheler
  • That brisk April air seems somehow in key with the mood of the Avenue—hard, plangent, glittering, intensely material.


    Christopher Morley
  • She was as far removed from the plangent reverie of Rousseau as from the savage truculence of Swift.

  • The plangent roar of the city was painful to his ears, which had always been attuned to the deep silences of forest and lake.

    Lad: A Dog Albert Payson Terhune
  • But I am not plangent—one must take the thick with the thin—and I have such possibilities of another and better sort before me.

  • The plangent power and deep earnestness of the words were even more applicable now than then.

    When It Was Dark Guy Thorne
British Dictionary definitions for plangent


having a loud deep sound
resonant and mournful in sound
Derived Forms
plangency, noun
plangently, adverb
Word Origin
C19: from Latin plangere to beat (esp the breast, in grief); see plain²
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Word Origin and History for plangent

"beating with a loud sound," 1822, from Latin plangentem (nominative plangens), present participle of plangere "to strike, beat" (see plague (n.)). Related: Plangently.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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