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Monday, February 16, 2004

Definitions for plaintive

  1. Expressive of sorrow or melancholy; mournful; sad.

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Citations for plaintive
Meanwhile Jack Byron's plight in France was becoming desperate and his letters to his sister increasingly plaintive. Phyllis Grosskurth, Byron: The Flawed Angel
The shadows have lengthened, and the night birds have begun their plaintive chorus. Valerie Martin, The Atlantic
Origin of plaintive
1350-1400
Plaintive derives from Old French plainte, "complaint," from Latin planctus, past participle of plangere, "to strike (one's breast), to lament."