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plaintive

[ pleyn-tiv ]
/ ˈpleɪn tɪv /
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adjective

expressing sorrow or melancholy; mournful: a plaintive melody.

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Origin of plaintive

1350–1400; plaint + -ive; replacing Middle English plaintif<Middle French
plain·tive·ly, adverbplain·tive·ness, noun
plaintiff, plaintive
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British Dictionary definitions for plaintive

plaintive
/ (ˈpleɪntɪv) /

adjective

expressing melancholy; mournful
plaintively, adverbplaintiveness, noun
C14: from Old French plaintif grieving, from plainte plaint
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