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plaintive

Definition:

expressing sorrow

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Related to:

plaintiveness

Derivative:

plaintively

Comparative:

more plaintive

Superlative:

most plaintive

Similar to:

sorrowful

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

mournful

Etymology:

"lamenting", from Old French plaintif "complaining", from pleint. Sense of...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Plaintiff | claimant | complainant

the term used in some jurisdictions for the party who initiates a lawsuit before a court. In other words, someone who tries to sue. By doing so, the plaintiff seeks a legal remedy, and if successful, the court will issue judgment in favor of the... (45 of 555 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Plaintiff

Collins Dictionary:

plaintive | mournful [synonym] | plaintively [adverb, derived]

expressing melancholy; mournful (3 of 391 words, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/plaintive

Merriam-Webster:

plaintive | melancholy [synonym] | aching [synonym] | agonized [synonym] | anguished [synonym] | bemoaning [synonym] | bewailing [synonym] | bitter [synonym] | deploring [synonym] | ...

expressive of suffering or woe; "melancholy" (6 of 208 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/plaintive

Oxford Dictionary:

plaintive | plaintively [derived] | plaintiveness [derived]

sounding sad and mournful (4 of 49 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/plaintive

Cambridge Dictionary:

plaintive | plaintively [adverb, derived] | plaintiveness [noun, derived]

describes something which sounds slightly sad (6 of 38 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/plaintive

Macmillan British Dictionary:

plaintive | plaintively [adverb, related]

a plaintive sound is high and sad (7 of 34 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/plaintive

American Heritage Dictionary:

plaintive | plaintively [adverb, related] | plaintiveness [noun, related]

Expressing sorrow; mournful or melancholy. (5 of 27 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/plaintive

New World Dictionary:

plaintive | plaintively [adverb, related] | plaintiveness [noun, related]

expressing sorrow or melancholy; mournful; sad (6 of 19 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/plaintive

Random House Dictionary:

plaintive

expressing sorrow or melancholy; mournful. (5 of 13 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/plaintive

Wiktionary:

plaintive | doloroso [music] | plaintively [music] | pathetically [music]

Sorrowful, mournful or melancholic. (4 of 8 words, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/plaintive

Encarta Dictionary:

plaintive

expressing sadness or sounding sad (5 of 26 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861738811​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

plaintive

First use: late 14th century

Origin: "lamenting", from Old French plaintif "complaining", from pleint. Sense of "mournful, sad" first recorded 1570s.

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=plaintive

Oxford Dictionary:

plaintive

Origin: late Middle English: from Old French plaintif, -ive, from plainte "lamentation" (see "plaint")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/plaintive

American Heritage Dictionary:

plaintive

Origin: Middle English plaintif, from Old French, aggrieved, lamenting, from plaint, complaint; see "plaint".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/plaintive

Merriam-Webster:

plaintive

First use: 1579

Origin: Middle English plaintif grieving, from Anglo-French pleintif, plaintif, from plaint

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/plaintive

Wiktionary:

plaintive

Origin: Old French plaintif ("aggrieved, lamenting"), from plainte ("lament, complaint"); see plaint.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/plaintive

Collins Dictionary:

plaintive

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Old French plaintif grieving, from plainteplaint

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/plaintive

New World Dictionary:

plaintive

Origin: Middle English pleintif from Old French plaintif: see "plaintiff"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/plaintive

Encarta Dictionary:

plaintive

First use: 14th century

Origin: French plaintive, plaintif from plaint

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861738811​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

plaintive

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "plaintive"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/plaintive

Cambridge Dictionary:

plaintive

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "plaintive"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "plaintive"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/plaintive

Macmillan British Dictionary:

plaintive

Audio: British English pronunciation of "plaintive"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/plaintive

Macmillan American Dictionary:

plaintive

Audio: North American pronunciation of "plaintive"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/plaintive

the Free Dictionary:

plaintive

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "plaintive"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "plaintive"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "plaintive" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/plaintive

Google Dictionary:

plaintive

Audio: English pronunciation of "plaintive"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

plaintive

Audio: North American pronunciation of "plaintive"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=plaint​05 word=plaintive

YourDictionary Audio:

plaintive

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "plaintive" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/plaintive

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