Definitions for: Complaint

[n] (criminal law) a pleading describing some wrong or offense; "he was arrested on a charge of larceny"
[n] (civil law) the first pleading of the plaintiff setting out the facts on which the claim for relief is based
[n] an expression of grievance or resentment
[n] (formerly) a loud cry (or repeated cries) of pain or rage or sorrow
[n] an often persistent bodily disorder or disease; a cause for complaining

Webster (1913) Definition: Com*plaint", n. [F. complainte. See Complain.]
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.

Synonyms: ailment, charge, ill

See Also: accusal, accusation, bill of indictment, cry, disorder, exclamation, grievance, grumble, grumbling, indictment, jeremiad, kinetosis, lament, lamentation, motion sickness, murmur, murmuring, mutter, muttering, objection, pet peeve, pip, plaint, pleading, upset, wail, whimper, whine, yell

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