[jer-uh-mahy-uh d, -ad]


a prolonged lamentation or mournful complaint.

Origin of jeremiad

1770–80; Jeremi(ah) + -ad1 in reference to Jeremiah's Lamentations Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a long mournful lamentation or complaint
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Word Origin and History for jeremiad

1780, from French jérémiade (1762), in reference to "Lamentations of Jeremiah" in Old Testament.

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