Complaint Com*plaint" (k[o^]m*pl[=a]nt"), n. [F. complainte. See {Complain}.] 1. Expression of grief, regret, pain, censure, or resentment; lamentation; murmuring; accusation; fault-finding. [1913 Webster]

I poured out my complaint before him. --Ps. cxlii. 2. [1913 Webster]

Grievous complaints of you. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Cause or subject of complaint or murmuring. [1913 Webster]

The poverty of the clergy in England hath been the complaint of all who wish well to the church. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

3. An ailment or disease of the body. [1913 Webster]

One in a complaint of his bowels. --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster]

4. (Law) A formal allegation or charge against a party made or presented to the appropriate court or officer, as for a wrong done or a crime committed (in the latter case, generally under oath); an information; accusation; the initial bill in proceedings in equity.

Syn: Lamentation; murmuring; sorrow; grief; disease; illness; disorder; malady; ailment. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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