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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PLAINT

"This plaint is thine, as I learn, brother Ambrose," said he.

The plaint of the gravel travelled slowly all round the drive.

The intonation of the Ungava Eskimos, particularly the women, is like a plaint.

He filled the place with his plaint, whilst Binet swore amazingly and variedly.

I have taken the liberty to give as a title for it "The Plaint of the Merrimac."

The scene opens with the plaint of Mary Magdalene, "Where have they laid him?"

He caressed words until they sang for him the one plaint that he asked of them.

Only the lonely pillow and the midnight hour shall hear my plaint.

All through the town was heard the plaint of the feminine jabber.

Joyful our peal for the bridal; mournful our plaint for the dead.

WORD ORIGIN

"expression of sorrow," c.1200, from Old French plainte "lament, lamentation" (12c.), from Latin planctus "lamentation, wailing, beating of the breast," from past participle stem of plangere "to lament, to strike" (see plague (n.)). Connecting notion probably is beating one's breast in grief.

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