One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a sound) loud and resonant, with a mournful tone.‘the plangent sound of a harpsichord’
melancholy, mournful, plaintiveView synonyms
- ‘In outline, his play sounds like plangent melodrama.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He creates a tone that is, appropriately, melancholy and plangent; at times quite painfully beautiful.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Early 19th century: from Latin plangent- ‘lamenting’, from the verb plangere.
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