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.”
late 14c., "lamenting," from Old French plaintif "complaining; wretched, miserable," from plainte (see plaint). Sense of "mournful, sad" first recorded 1570s. Related: Plaintively; plaintiveness.