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Should it be ever so unhappily, will it be prudence to complain or appeal?

They complain there are so few unobjectionable tracts to give them.

His subordinate officers may complain that they have had no fighting.

At sundown of the second day he began to complain of the irksomeness of his bonds.

"That is the very thing of which I complain," said his lordship.

Like Montaigne and his sausage, I had now something to complain of, and I was happy.

But no one heard her complain, for she bore her suffering patiently.

If you complain he will be immediately promoted, agreeably to the Neapolitan custom.

To complain of a brother's unkindness, that, indeed, I might do.

She asked her if she had aught to complain of in her situation.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "find fault, lament," from stem of Old French complaindre "to lament" (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *complangere, originally "to beat the breast," from Latin com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + plangere "to strike, beat the breast" (see plague (n.)). Older sense of "lament" died out 17c. Related: Complained; complaining.

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