noun Etymology: Middle English compleynte, from Anglo-French compleint, from compleindre Date: 14th century 1. expression of grief, pain, or dissatisfaction 2. a. something that is the cause or subject of protest or outcry b. a bodily ailment or disease 3. a formal allegation against a party

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