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Sunday, September 07, 2008

Definitions for plaintive

  1. Expressive of sorrow or melancholy; mournful; sad.

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Citations for plaintive
Meanwhile Jack Byron's plight in France was becoming desperate and his letters to his sister increasingly plaintive. Phyllis Grosskurth, Byron: The Flawed Angel
The shadows have lengthened, and the night birds have begun their plaintive chorus. Valerie Martin, The Atlantic
Origin of plaintive
Plaintive derives from Old French plainte, "complaint," from Latin planctus, past participle of plangere, "to strike (one's breast), to lament."