[plan-juh nt]


resounding loudly, especially with a plaintive sound, as a bell.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for plangent

Historical Examples of plangent

  • The plangent power and deep earnestness of the words were even more applicable now than then.

  • But I am not plangent—one must take the thick with the thin—and I have such possibilities of another and better sort before me.

  • The plangent roar of the city was painful to his ears, which had always been attuned to the deep silences of forest and lake.

    Lad: A Dog

    Albert Payson Terhune

  • From his stivy cellar he issues forth into the plashing, plangent currents of city life.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for plangent



having a loud deep sound
resonant and mournful in sound
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper