- a complaint.
- Law. a statement of grievance made to a court for the purpose of asking redress.
- a lament; lamentation.
Origin of plaint
Examples from the Web for plaint
"This plaint is thine, as I learn, brother Ambrose," said he.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
The plaint of the gravel travelled slowly all round the drive.The Secret Agent
The intonation of the Ungava Eskimos, particularly the women, is like a plaint.The Long Labrador Trail
He filled the place with his plaint, whilst Binet swore amazingly and variedly.Scaramouche
I have taken the liberty to give as a title for it "The Plaint of the Merrimac."Whittier-land
Samuel T. Pickard
- 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 and History for plaint
"expression of sorrow," c.1200, from Old French plainte "lament, lamentation" (12c.), from Latin planctus "lamentation, wailing, beating of the breast," from past participle stem of plangere "to lament, to strike" (see plague (n.)). Connecting notion probably is beating one's breast in grief.