plaint

[ pleynt ]
/ pleɪnt /

noun

a complaint.
Law. a statement of grievance made to a court for the purpose of asking redress.
a lament; lamentation.

Origin of plaint

1175–1225; Middle English < Middle French < Latin planctus a striking or beating (the breast) in grief, equivalent to plang(ere) to beat, strike, mourn for + -tus, suffix of v. action
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British Dictionary definitions for plaint

plaint
/ (pleɪnt) /

noun

archaic a complaint or lamentation
law a statement in writing of grounds of complaint made to a court of law and asking for redress of the grievance

Word Origin for plaint

C13: from Old French plainte, from Latin planctus lamentation, from plangere to beat
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