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complaint

[kuh m-pleynt] /kəmˈpleɪnt/
noun
1.
an expression of discontent, regret, pain, censure, resentment, or grief; lament; faultfinding:
his complaint about poor schools.
2.
a cause of discontent, pain, grief, lamentation, etc.
3.
a cause of bodily pain or ailment; malady:
The doctor says I suffer from a rare complaint.
4.
Law. the first pleading of the plaintiff in a civil action, stating the cause of action.
Origin of complaint
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English compleynte < Middle French complainte < Latin com- com- + plancta plaint
Related forms
countercomplaint, noun
Synonyms
3. sickness, illness, ailment.
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complaint

/kəmˈpleɪnt/
noun
1.
the act of complaining; an expression of grievance
2.
a cause for complaining; grievance
3.
a mild ailment
4.
(English law) a statement by which a civil proceeding in a magistrates' court is commenced
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Word Origin and History for complaint
n.

late 14c., "lamentation, grief," from Old French complainte (12c.) "complaint, lament," noun use of fem. past participle of complaindre (see complain). Meaning "bodily ailment" is from 1705 (often in U.S. colloquial use generalized as complaints).

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