Definitions for: Plaint


[n] a cry of sorrow and grief; "their pitiful laments could be heard throughout the ward"
[n] a written statement of the grounds of complaint made to court law asking for the grievance to be redressed



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

Synonyms: lament, lamentation, wail

See Also: allegation, complaint

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