plaintiveness

plaintive

[pleyn-tiv]
adjective
expressing sorrow or melancholy; mournful: a plaintive melody.

Origin:
1350–1400; plaint + -ive; replacing Middle English plaintif < Middle French

plaintively, adverb
plaintiveness, noun

plaintiff, plaintive.


wistful, sorrowful, sad.


happy, joyful.
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plaintive (ˈpleɪntɪv)
 
adj
expressing melancholy; mournful
 
[C14: from Old French plaintif grieving, from plainteplaint]
 
'plaintively
 
adv
 
'plaintiveness
 
n

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plaintive
late 14c., "lamenting," from O.Fr. plaintif "complaining," from pleint (see plaint). Sense of "mournful, sad" first recorded 1570s. Related: Plaintively.
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