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Saturday, August 04, 2007

Definitions for jeremiad

  1. A tale of sorrow, disappointment, or complaint; a doleful story; also, a dolorous or angry tirade.

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Citations for jeremiad
This age in which leisure and letters were gilded with commerce did not see the decline and fall of art, despite the jeremiads of such artists as William Blake ('Where any view of money exists,' he prophesied, 'art cannot be carried on'). Roy Porter, English Society in the Eighteenth Century
Johnson's jeremiad against what he sees as American imperialism and militarism exhaustively catalogs decades of U.S. military misdeeds Stan Crock, Business Week
Origin of jeremiad
Jeremiad comes from French jérémiade, after Jérémie, Jeremiah, the prophet.