Definition of jeremiad in English:



  • A long, mournful complaint or lamentation; a list of woes.

    ‘the jeremiads of puritan preachers warning of moral decay’
    • ‘The audience went wild at the end of Adrian Noble's production of Pericles - maybe as a response to all the recent anti-RSC jeremiads.’
    • ‘I am saddened to add my jeremiad to the list of protestations at your coverage.’
    • ‘His jeremiad sounds a generational alarum: The days of isolated, tormented, anti-commercial white male geniuses are done and done.’
    • ‘All of the above were duly cited, along with appropriate jeremiads about ‘we have become like Sodom.’’
    • ‘I curled up with Nash's couplets, quatrains, limericks and occasional jeremiads.’
    • ‘Any effort to exorcise these tendencies from the outside is, therefore, futile; it only gives rise to moralistic sermons and rhetorical jeremiads.’
    • ‘It does not confirm the jeremiads of the cultural critics.’
    • ‘But their antiintellectual jeremiads, not the professors they vilify, are the real threat to academic freedom today.’
    • ‘They differ in almost every other respect, but in these shared interests they both belong to the ancient and always fascinating genre of the jeremiad.’
    • ‘Waves of immigrants from Canada and Europe provoked jeremiads bemoaning the demise of New England's Anglo-Puritan colonial heritage.’
    • ‘Mark's posting on Camille Paglia's charges of decline in attention is right on the mark - this is just an antique jeremiad in new packaging.’
    • ‘Of course all these jeremiads sound familiar: Marriage is always in flux.’
    • ‘Indeed, there is not only irony but danger in offering such a public jeremiad against jeremiads.’
    • ‘In fact the only time the prose develops any consistency of ‘edge’ is in the repeated jeremiads against contemporary society.’
    • ‘If I really wanted to turn this into a jeremiad, I could hold forth on that for a while.’
    • ‘Their jeremiads yearn for an airbrushed 50's America that never really existed.’
    • ‘Graff assembles other quotations in the same vein, and goes on to add, wryly, ‘The funny thing, of course, is that those jeremiads were right.’’
    • ‘Her Book of the City of Ladies was conceived as a direct riposte to Jean de Meung's jeremiads.’
    • ‘Graying means paying, to quote one of the new jeremiads.’
    • ‘Eminem may fit into that tradition of lyrical catharsis and boulevard jeremiads, but he certainly didn't create it.’
    wail, wailing, lamentation, moan, moaning, groan, weeping, crying, sob, sobbing, keening, howl, complaint
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Late 18th century: from French jérémiade, from Jérémie ‘Jeremiah’, from ecclesiastical Latin Jeremias, with reference to the Lamentations of Jeremiah in the Old Testament.