complaint

[ kuhm-pleynt ]
/ kəmˈpleɪnt /

noun

an expression of discontent, regret, pain, censure, resentment, or grief; lament; faultfinding: his complaint about poor schools.
a cause of discontent, pain, grief, lamentation, etc.
a cause of bodily pain or ailment; malady: The doctor says I suffer from a rare complaint.
Law. the first pleading of the plaintiff in a civil action, stating the cause of action.

Origin of complaint

1350–1400; Middle English compleynte < Middle French complainte < Latin com- com- + plancta plaint

Related forms

coun·ter·com·plaint, noun
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complaint

/ (kəmˈpleɪnt) /

noun

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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