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synonyms for plaintive

  • grief-stricken
  • heartrending
  • melancholy
  • mournful
  • sad
  • sorrowful
  • wistful
  • beefing
  • bellyaching
  • cantankerous
  • crabby
  • cranky
  • disconsolate
  • doleful
  • grievous
  • grousing
  • grumpy
  • lamenting
  • lugubrious
  • out of sorts
  • pathetic
  • piteous
  • pitiful
  • rueful
  • saddening
  • wailing
  • woeful
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antonyms for plaintive

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  • cheerful
  • happy
  • joyful
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How to use plaintive in a sentence

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.
EDGAR WRIGHT'S 1960S FEVER DREAM LAST NIGHT IN SOHO IS A HALF-BRILLIANT THRILLERSTEPHANIE ZACHAREKSEPTEMBER 4, 2021TIME
From higher up, at the level of the hidden bed, came the regular plaintive respiration of Sarah Gailey.
HILDA LESSWAYSARNOLD BENNETT
There is nothing like a plaintive retort when your case is utterly indefensible.
BLACKWOOD'S EDINBURGH MAGAZINE, NO. CCCXXXIX. JANUARY, 1844. VOL. LV.VARIOUS
The music grew strange and fantastic—turbulent, insistent, plaintive and soft with entreaty.
THE AWAKENING AND SELECTED SHORT STORIESKATE CHOPIN
For Sara Lee's statement that she could manage would draw forth a plaintive burst from the older woman.
THE AMAZING INTERLUDEMARY ROBERTS RINEHART
In one such startled interval of waking her caged cricket had given out its plaintive cry.
THE DRAGON PAINTERMARY MCNEIL FENOLLOSA
She showed the kitten to Eric, handling its tiny paws gently, hushing its plaintive mews with ridiculous pet names.
THE MEDICI BOOTSPEARL NORTON SWET
Its plaintive, monotonous murmur sometimes impressed the mind with sadness.
CHARLES DURANTHE AUTHOR OF THE WALDOS
I hear and feel the cool, rustling wind, like a plaintive requiem over the dead.
REMINISCENCES OF CHARLES BRADLAUGHGEORGE W. FOOTE
Travellers have described these animals by the name of weepers, from their plaintive moan.
BUFFON'S NATURAL HISTORY. VOLUME IX (OF 10)GEORGES LOUIS LECLERC DE BUFFON
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OCTOBER 26, 1985
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