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Sunday, May 15, 2011

plangent

\PLAN-juhnt\ , adjective;
1.
Beating with a loud or deep sound, as, "the plangent wave."
2.
Expressing sadness; plaintive.
Quotes:
She moans along with the woman who is singing -- wailing, really -- her hands gripping the steering wheel to the plangent cries of the singer and the sobbing of violins.
-- Alice Walker, By the Light of My Father's Smile
What undoubtedly touched those soldiers is the play's plangent nostalgia, the ache for home, for home's rootedness and security.
-- J. D. McClatchy, "Wilder and the Marvels of the Heart", New York Times, April 13, 1997
Origin:
Plangent derives from the present participle of Latin plangere, to beat, to strike (noisily), especially to strike the breast, head, etc., as a sign of grief.
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