Plaintiveness
Plaintive Plain"tive, a. [F. plaintif. See {Plaintiff}, n.] 1. Repining; complaining; lamenting. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. Expressive of sorrow or melancholy; mournful; sad. ``The most plaintive ditty.'' --Landor. [1913 Webster] -- {Plain"tive*ly}, adv. -- {Plain"tive*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]


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