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All three of those things, and more era-specific delights, are right there in Wright’s movie, as if he had read my own plaintive childhood desires and put them onscreen.

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Hamer declared in her plaintive, outspoken way: “I am sick and tired of being sick and tired!”

Hence the plaintive email from inside the bunker at Walmart in February.

What a strange, plaintive philosophy for someone whose profession involved sitting alone most of the day: love the world.

It was a message rejected as too plaintive and apologetic by the black America of 1950.

He also has a precocious attraction to his favorite nurse, Ingrid, who sings to him every night in a “plaintive voice.”

From higher up, at the level of the hidden bed, came the regular plaintive respiration of Sarah Gailey.

There is nothing like a plaintive retort when your case is utterly indefensible.

The music grew strange and fantastic—turbulent, insistent, plaintive and soft with entreaty.

For Sara Lee's statement that she could manage would draw forth a plaintive burst from the older woman.

In one such startled interval of waking her caged cricket had given out its plaintive cry.


On this page you'll find 41 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to plaintive, such as: grief-stricken, heartrending, melancholy, mournful, sad, and sorrowful.

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