Plaint
Plaint Plaint, n. [OE. plainte, pleynte, F. plainte, fr. L. plangere, planctum (plancta, fem. p. p.), to beat, beat the breast, lament. Cf. {Complain}, {Plague}, {Plangent}.] 1. Audible expression of sorrow; lamentation; complaint; hence, a mournful song; a lament. --Chaucer.``The Psalmist's mournful plaint.'' --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster]

2. An accusation or protest on account of an injury. [1913 Webster]

There are three just grounds of war with Spain: one of plaint, two upon defense. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

3. (Law) A private memorial tendered to a court, in which a person sets forth his cause of action; the exhibiting of an action in writing. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]


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