Definition of plaint in English:



  • 1An accusation; a charge.

    • ‘In the absence of a formal plaint there is no legal basis to press further charges.’
    • ‘Prosecutors offered no comment, but their plaint reveals their views: ‘The heart of Greenpeace's mission,’ it claims, ‘is the violation of the law.’’
    • ‘There was only one plaint in the District Court but two appeals in the Court of Appeal.’
    • ‘What they did not tell the court is that at the time they lodged their plaint, KCA had no officials, and a Normalisation Committee had been registered.’
    • ‘Secondly, no plaintiff has agreed to withdraw his plaint.’
    indictment, accusation, denunciation, prosecution, trial, charge, summons, citation
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    1. 1.1literary A complaint; a lamentation.
      • ‘So great was the indignation that the empty plaints of a few celebrities who groused about leaving the country in 2000 became a popular badge of outrage last week.’
      • ‘To you I come to make my plaint, good sire In the presence of the barons of your empire.’
      • ‘Like most of the songs on this collection, it takes the hallowed plaints of ordinary folks and infuses them with a pure spiritual simplicity that a great deal of more exalted religious music never manages to attain.’
      • ‘The plaint is old and familiar, but not misplaced or ill-timed.’
      • ‘I elegantly e-mailed the company, who sent back a ‘dear occupant’ type response assuring it's ‘aware of the varied taste preferences and dietary needs of our consumers,’ but not specifically addressing any point, plaint or plea.’
      grumble, complaint, moan, groan, whine, grievance, objection, protest, protestation, cavil, quibble
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Middle English: from Old French plainte, feminine past participle of plaindre ‘complain’, or from Old French plaint, from Latin planctus ‘beating of the breast’.