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[kuh m-pleyn] /kəmˈpleɪn/
verb (used without object)
to express dissatisfaction, pain, uneasiness, censure, resentment, or grief; find fault:
He complained constantly about the noise in the corridor.
to tell of one's pains, ailments, etc.:
to complain of a backache.
to make a formal accusation:
If you think you've been swindled, complain to the police.
Origin of complain
1350-1400; Middle English compleinen < Anglo-French compleign-, stem of compleindre, Old French complaindre < Vulgar Latin *complangere, equivalent to Latin com- com- + plangere to lament; see plaint
Related forms
complainable, adjective
complainer, noun
complainingly, adverb
uncomplained, adjective
uncomplaining, adjective
uncomplainingly, adverb
1. rejoice.
Synonym Study
1. Complain, grumble, growl, whine are terms for expressing dissatisfaction or discomfort. To complain is to protest against or lament a wrong: to complain about high prices. To grumble is to utter ill-natured complaints half to oneself: to grumble about the service. Growl may express more anger than grumble: to growl in reply to a question. To whine is to complain in a meanspirited way, using a nasal tone: to whine like a coward, like a spoiled child. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for uncomplaining
Historical Examples
  • The Western inhabitants are not a silent and uncomplaining sacrifice.

  • You have been faithful and uncomplaining; you have been to me a light, a joy, and a glory!

    Macaria Augusta Jane Evans Wilson
  • Two shots were fired, but the bullets cut only the uncomplaining leaves, falling far short.

    The Eyes of the Woods Joseph A. Altsheler
  • Patience, uncomplaining endurance, never yet stole the garments of joy.

    Macaria Augusta Jane Evans Wilson
  • A body racked by pain was paying daily its loyal, uncomplaining tribute to his country.

    Tenting on the Plains Elizabeth B. Custer
  • Presently Richard's voice reached him, feeble yet uncomplaining.

  • Fearless, uncomplaining, she “trusted in God and made no haste.”

    Daily Thoughts Charles Kingsley
  • She was deeply wounded and silent, uncomplaining; she seemed to be dying hourly.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • Thenceforward, mother and son awaited the inevitable end with uncomplaining patience which was characteristic of both.

    Tales From Bohemia Robert Neilson Stephens
  • Yet she was, as the doctor had said, calm and uncomplaining.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for uncomplaining


not complaining or resentful; resigned


verb (intransitive)
to express resentment, displeasure, etc, esp habitually; grumble
(foll by of) to state the presence of pain, illness, etc, esp in the hope of sympathy: she complained of a headache
Derived Forms
complainer, noun
complainingly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Old French complaindre, from Vulgar Latin complangere (unattested), from Latin com- (intensive) + plangere to bewail
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Word Origin and History for uncomplaining



late 14c., "find fault, lament," from stem of Old French complaindre "to lament" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *complangere, originally "to beat the breast," from Latin com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + plangere "to strike, beat the breast" (see plague (n.)). Older sense of "lament" died out 17c. Related: Complained; complaining.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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