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Meaning of PLAINT

Pronunciation:  pleynt

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a cry of sorrow and grief; "their pitiful laments could be heard throughout the ward"
  2. [n]  a written statement of the grounds of complaint made to court law asking for the grievance to be redressed
 

PLAINT is a 6 letter word that starts with P.

 

 Synonyms: lament, lamentation, wail
 
 See Also: allegation, complaint

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Plaint\, n. [OE. plainte, pleynte, F. plainte, fr. L.
plangere, planctum (plancta, fem. p. p.), to beat, beat the
breast, lament. Cf. {Complain}, {Plague}, {Plangent}.]
1. Audible expression of sorrow; lamentation; complaint;
   hence, a mournful song; a lament. --Chaucer.``The
   Psalmist's mournful plaint.'' --Wordsworth.

2. An accusation or protest on account of an injury.

         There are three just grounds of war with Spain: one
         of plaint, two upon defense.          --Bacon.

3. (Law) A private memorial tendered to a court, in which a
   person sets forth his cause of action; the exhibiting of
   an action in writing. --Blackstone.



 
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