- resounding loudly, especially with a plaintive sound, as a bell.
Origin of plangent
Examples from the Web for plangent
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
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
Then from a point in the south came that warning, plangent cry of the evil bird.The Keepers of the Trail
Joseph A. Altsheler
- having a loud deep sound
- resonant and mournful in sound
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.