Definition of plangent in English:



  • (of a sound) loud and resonant, with a mournful tone.

    ‘the plangent sound of a harpsichord’
    • ‘He has a rather different sort of voice, just as well-schooled but with a juicier, more plangent tone that he uses to achieve the expressive effects and vocal colors that make his style so arresting.’
    • ‘He creates a tone that is, appropriately, melancholy and plangent; at times quite painfully beautiful.’
    • ‘The blend of music theatrical ebullience, popular styles, and evocative, plangent tone pictures about the legendary 4th century saint evinces much of the best of his early style.’
    • ‘In outline, his play sounds like plangent melodrama.’
    • ‘As the guitar's tone is intrinsically less plangent than the oboe's, the character of the music is greatly altered in this work too.’
    melancholy, mournful, plaintive
    sonorous, reverberant, reverberating, resonant, loud
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Early 19th century: from Latin plangent- lamenting, from the verb plangere.