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[jer-uh-mahy-uh d, -ad]
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  1. a prolonged lamentation or mournful complaint.
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Origin of jeremiad

1770–80; Jeremi(ah) + -ad1 in reference to Jeremiah's Lamentations
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Related Words for jeremiad

diatribe, screed, revilement, ranting, philippic, condemnation, censure, tongue-lashing, malediction, invective, denunciation, vituperation, fulmination, anger, lecture, harangue, sermon, dispute, berating

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  1. 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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