Part of speech: noun

A mournful complaint; lamentation.

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Usage examples "plaint":

  1. Helena, with a curious sensation that was almost fear- fear, it may be, of herself- realised that his plaint, oft- heard, left her cold this morning. - "Helena Brett's Career", Desmond Coke.
  2. So closely did they keep time and so smoothly did one bunch take up where another left off that we, standing less than twenty feet away, could not tell which group was singing except when the Tuba City crowd took up the plaint. - "I Married a Ranger", Dama Margaret Smith.
  3. The poor woman had begun her plaint in a manner that was not altogether devoid of a discreet eloquence. - "Orley Farm", Anthony Trollope.