countercomplaint

complaint

[kuhm-pleynt]
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:
1350–1400; Middle English compleynte < Middle French complainte < Latin com- com- + plancta plaint

countercomplaint, noun


3. sickness, illness, ailment.
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complaint (kəmˈpleɪnt)
 
n
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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complaint
mid-14c., from O.Fr. complainte (12c.) "complaint, lament," from L.L. complancta, related to *complangere (see complain). Meaning "bodily ailment" is from 1705 (often in U.S. colloquial use generalized as complaints).
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