a cause of discontent, pain, grief, lamentation, etc.
- coun·ter·com·plaint, noun
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How to use complaint in a sentence
The House Committee on Homeland Security is investigating the allegations in the complaint, and more than 170 members of Congress have called for a separate investigation from the Homeland Security inspector general’s office.A woman in ICE detention says her fallopian tube was removed without her consent | Nicole Narea | September 17, 2020 | Vox
While the system will formally track such complaints, the allegations against Hankison were already known — and didn’t bar him from staying on the job.The policing reforms in the Breonna Taylor settlement, explained | Fabiola Cineas | September 17, 2020 | Vox
The complaints came from a group of businesses in Western Pennsylvania, Republican state legislators and four counties.Courts may reconsider temporary coronavirus restrictions as pandemic drags on | Anne Gearan, Karin Brulliard | September 16, 2020 | Washington Post
Sharon Whitehurst-Payne, the school board member who represents the area, got involved in the issue when complaints bounced around public forums.When a Calculus Class Abruptly Became Ceramics at Lincoln High | Scott Lewis | September 16, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
The Alliance Defending Freedom, an anti-LGBTQ legal group, filed a complaint with the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights on their behalf.How the Trump administration is getting around Bostock to allow anti-trans discrimination | Chris Johnson | September 16, 2020 | Washington Blade
Chan ordered the man to put it down and the ensuing criminal complaint would say that he complied.
“Defendant moved his hands in a manner so as to avoid the application of handcuffs to his wrists,” the complaint says.
The complaint continues, “During this period of time, defendant escaped police custody.”
The dress bizarrely burdened Hurley with a ready-made character to play up to, which she did without overt complaint.Happy 20th Birthday, Liz Hurley’s Safety-Pin Dress | Tim Teeman | December 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In January 2013, the TRN group filed a second complaint in the Dial Global suit, demanding a jury trial.
It ended on a complaint that she was 'tired rather and spending my time at full length on a deck-chair in the garden.'The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
I have erected above 100 steam-engines on this principle, but never met with one accident or complaint against them.Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2) | Francis Trevithick
A noted miser boasted that he had lost five shillings without uttering a single complaint.The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun; | Various
Ive heerd that complaint of it once or twice before, replied the trader; but it soon cools down again; dont you find it so?Oliver Twist, Vol. II (of 3) | Charles Dickens
Other writers suffered from that complaint known as "swelled head," but Walter Fetherston never.The Doctor of Pimlico | William Le Queux
British Dictionary definitions for complaint
the act of complaining; an expression of grievance
a cause for complaining; grievance
a mild ailment
English law a statement by which a civil proceeding in a magistrates' court is commenced
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