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[plan-juh nt]
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  1. resounding loudly, especially with a plaintive sound, as a bell.
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Origin of plangent

1815–25; < Latin plangent- (stem of plangēns), present participle of plangere to beat, lament. See plain2, -ent
Related formsplan·gen·cy, nounplan·gent·ly, adverb
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Related Words for plangent

beating, booming, consonant, deep, earsplitting, full, heightened, loud, mellow, noisy, orotund, powerful, profound, resounding, rich, ringing, roaring, rotund, round, sonorous

Examples from the Web for plangent

Historical Examples of plangent

  • Klyda gasped aloud at the horror of the plangent din, and she spun about to locate its cause.

    Buff: A Collie and other dog-stories

    Albert Payson Terhune

  • And now, a solemn and plangent token of Oxford's perpetuity, the first stroke of Great Tom sounded.

    Zuleika Dobson

    Max Beerbohm

  • It seemed as large as the shell of a cathedral, and for organ there was the plangent, echoing sound of sea waves.

    The Air Pirate

    Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull

  • A song fours down from the skies, a plangent song of triumph from the Moon.

  • Then from a point in the south came that warning, plangent cry of the evil bird.

    The Keepers of the Trail

    Joseph A. Altsheler

British Dictionary definitions for plangent


  1. having a loud deep sound
  2. resonant and mournful in sound
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Derived Formsplangency, nounplangently, adverb

Word Origin for plangent

C19: from Latin plangere to beat (esp the breast, in grief); see plain ²
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Word Origin and History for plangent


"beating with a loud sound," 1822, from Latin plangentem (nominative plangens), present participle of plangere "to strike, beat" (see plague (n.)). Related: Plangently.

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