[syn: charge, complaint]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Complaint \Com*plaint"\ (k[o^]m*pl[=a]nt"), n. [F. complainte.
1. Expression of grief, regret, pain, censure, or resentment;
lamentation; murmuring; accusation; fault-finding.
I poured out my complaint before him. --Ps. cxlii.
Grievous complaints of you. --Shak.
2. Cause or subject of complaint or murmuring.
The poverty of the clergy in England hath been the
complaint of all who wish well to the church.
3. An ailment or disease of the body.
One in a complaint of his bowels. --Arbuthnot.
4. (Law) A formal allegation or charge against a party made
or presented to the appropriate court or officer, as for a
wrong done or a crime committed (in the latter case,
generally under oath); an information; accusation; the
initial bill in proceedings in equity.
Syn: Lamentation; murmuring; sorrow; grief; disease; illness;
disorder; malady; ailment.
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
235 Moby Thesaurus words for "complaint":
abnormality, accusal, accusation, accusing, acute disease,
affection, affidavit, affliction, ailment, allegation, allegement,
allergic disease, allergy, arraignment, atrophy, bacterial disease,
ban, beef, beefing, bellyache, bellyaching, bill,
bill of complaint, bill of particulars, birth defect, bitch,
bitching, blackball, blackballing, blame, blight, boycott,
bringing of charges, bringing to book, cardiovascular disease,
challenge, charge, chronic disease, circulatory disease, claim,
combative reaction, complaining, complication, compunction,
condition, congenital defect, count, counteraction, declaration,
defect, defiance, deficiency disease, deformity,
degenerative disease, delation, demonstration, demur, demurrer,
denouncement, denunciation, deposition, destructive criticism,
dim view, disability, disagreement, disappointment, disapprobation,
disapproval, discontent, discontentedness, discontentment, disease,
disenchantment, disesteem, disfavor, disgruntlement, disillusion,
disillusionment, disorder, displeasure, dispute, disrespect,
dissatisfaction, dissent, dissentience, distaste, distemper,
endemic, endemic disease, endocrine disease, epidemic disease,
exception, exclusion, expostulation, faultfinding, fractiousness,
functional disease, fungus disease, gastrointestinal disease,
genetic disease, grievance, grievance committee, gripe, griping,
groan, groaning, grouse, grousing, grumble, grumbling, handicap,
hereditary disease, holler, howl, iatrogenic disease, ill, illness,
impeachment, implication, imputation, indictment, indignation,
indignation meeting, indisposition, infectious disease, infirmity,
information, innuendo, insinuation, kick, kicking, lawsuit,
laying of charges, libel, low estimation, low opinion, malady,
malaise, march, morbidity, morbus, murmuring, muscular disease,
narratio, negativism, neurological disease, nolle prosequi,
noncooperation, nonsuit, nonviolent protest, nutritional disease,
objection, obstinacy, occupational disease, opposition, opposure,
organic disease, ostracism, pandemic disease, passive resistance,
pathological condition, pathology, peeve, peevishness, pet peeve,
petulance, picketing, plaint, plant disease, prosecution, protest,
protest demonstration, protestation, protozoan disease,
psychosomatic disease, qualm, querulousness, rally, reaction,
rebuff, recalcitrance, recalcitrancy, recalcitration,
refractoriness, rejection, reluctance, remonstrance, remonstration,
renitence, renitency, repellence, repellency, reproach, repulse,
repulsion, resistance, respiratory disease, revolt, rockiness,
scolding, scruple, secondary disease, seediness, sickishness,
sickness, signs, sit-in, sniping, squawk, squawking, stand,
statement, statement of facts, strike, suit, symptomatology,
symptomology, symptoms, syndrome, taxing, teach-in, the pip,
thumbs-down, true bill, uncooperativeness, unhappiness,
unspoken accusation, urogenital disease, veiled accusation,
virus disease, wasting disease, whining, withstanding,
worm disease, yapping