Definition of jeremiad in US English:



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

    ‘the jeremiads of puritan preachers warning of moral decay’
    • ‘But their antiintellectual jeremiads, not the professors they vilify, are the real threat to academic freedom today.’
    • ‘If I really wanted to turn this into a jeremiad, I could hold forth on that for a while.’
    • ‘Graying means paying, to quote one of the new jeremiads.’
    • ‘All of the above were duly cited, along with appropriate jeremiads about ‘we have become like Sodom.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Eminem may fit into that tradition of lyrical catharsis and boulevard jeremiads, but he certainly didn't create it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I curled up with Nash's couplets, quatrains, limericks and occasional jeremiads.’
    • ‘Indeed, there is not only irony but danger in offering such a public jeremiad against jeremiads.’
    • ‘Any effort to exorcise these tendencies from the outside is, therefore, futile; it only gives rise to moralistic sermons and rhetorical jeremiads.’
    • ‘I am saddened to add my jeremiad to the list of protestations at your coverage.’
    • ‘In fact the only time the prose develops any consistency of ‘edge’ is in the repeated jeremiads against contemporary society.’
    • ‘Their jeremiads yearn for an airbrushed 50's America that never really existed.’
    • ‘Her Book of the City of Ladies was conceived as a direct riposte to Jean de Meung's jeremiads.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘It does not confirm the jeremiads of the cultural critics.’
    • ‘Of course all these jeremiads sound familiar: Marriage is always in flux.’
    • ‘His jeremiad sounds a generational alarum: The days of isolated, tormented, anti-commercial white male geniuses are done and done.’
    • ‘Waves of immigrants from Canada and Europe provoked jeremiads bemoaning the demise of New England's Anglo-Puritan colonial heritage.’
    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.