Plaint

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Plaint \Plaint\, noun [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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

plaint

noun

1: (United Kingdom) a written statement of the grounds of complaint made to court of law asking for the grievance to be redressed

2: a cry of sorrow and grief; "their pitiful laments could be heard throughout the ward" [syn: {lament}, {lamentation}, {plaint}, {wail}]


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