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Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Definitions for jeremiad

  1. a prolonged lamentation or mournful complaint.

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Citations for jeremiad
Starting from the sinister change in the racing-world ... he launched forth into a jeremiad on the condition of things in general. Parliament, he thought, especially now that members were paid, had lost its self-respect; the towns had eaten up the country; hunting was threatened; the power and vulgarity of the press were appalling; women had lost their heads; and everybody seemed afraid of having any "breeding." John Galsworthy, Beyond, 1917
Libraries and cultural institutions, under the mayor's proposed budget, would take $45 million and $24 million hits, respectively. The city's recycling program, under Giuliani's proposal, would be cut nearly in half ... This jeremiad could fill pages, but you get the idea. "It's so bad, there's almost no opportunity to do anything," says one council Democrat. Michael Tomasky, "The Budget Beast," New York, June 17, 1996
Origin of jeremiad
1770-1780
The term jeremiad entered English in the late 1700s and has biblical roots. It references the Lamentations of Jeremiah from the Old Testament.