2. [syn: lament, lamentation, plaint, wail]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Plaint \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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: (United Kingdom) a written statement of the grounds of
complaint made to court of law asking for the grievance to
2: a cry of sorrow and grief; "their pitiful laments could be
heard throughout the ward" [syn: lament, lamentation,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
55 Moby Thesaurus words for "plaint":
accusal, accusation, accusing, allegation, allegement, arraignment,
bawl, bill of particulars, blame, bringing of charges,
bringing to book, charge, complaint, count, cry, delation,
denouncement, denunciation, dolorous tirade, groan, howl,
impeachment, implication, imputation, indictment, information,
innuendo, insinuation, jeremiad, keen, lament, lawsuit,
laying of charges, moan, murmur, mutter, outcry, planctus,
prosecution, reproach, scream, sob, suit, taxing, tirade,
true bill, ululation, unspoken accusation, veiled accusation, wail,
wail of woe, whimper, whine, yawp, yowl
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
PLAINT, Eng. law. The exhibiting of any action, real or personal, in
writing; the party making his plaint is called the plaintiff.