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[kuh m-pleynt] /kəmˈpleɪnt/
an expression of discontent, regret, pain, censure, resentment, or grief; lament; faultfinding:
his complaint about poor schools.
a cause of discontent, pain, grief, lamentation, etc.
a cause of bodily pain or ailment; malady:
The doctor says I suffer from a rare complaint.
Law. the first pleading of the plaintiff in a civil action, stating the cause of action.
Origin of complaint
1350-1400; Middle English compleynte < Middle French complainte < Latin com- com- + plancta plaint
Related forms
countercomplaint, noun
3. sickness, illness, ailment. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for complaint
  • The high cost of textbooks is a rising student complaint.
  • Whether or not his complaint would ultimately be upheld is a different story.
  • My only complaint is that the upper portion is a bit tight.
  • Not that the study seems perfect, but this is probably not the right complaint.
  • My only complaint is a common one to the online version.
  • Good conduct on your part means being able to file a good civil complaint later.
  • Only complaint is that the shape is narrower than other new balance shoes.
  • My complaint is that too few of the frauds are denounced by fellow scientists.
  • But this is a food blog, not a traffic blog, and herein lies my one complaint.
  • The chance of a complaint resulting in action against a police officer is slim.
British Dictionary definitions for complaint


the act of complaining; an expression of grievance
a cause for complaining; grievance
a mild ailment
(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

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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