Definition of plaint in English:

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Pronunciation: /plānt/


British Law
1An accusation; a charge.
Example sentences
  • There was only one plaint in the District Court but two appeals in the Court of Appeal.
  • In the absence of a formal plaint there is no legal basis to press further charges.
  • 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.
1.1chiefly literary A complaint; a lamentation.
Example sentences
  • The plaint is old and familiar, but not misplaced or ill-timed.
  • 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.


Middle English: from Old French plainte, feminine past participle of plaindre 'complain', or from Old French plaint, from Latin planctus 'beating of the breast'.

Words that rhyme with plaint

acquaint, ain't, attaint, complaint, constraint, distraint, faint, feint, paint, quaint, restraint, saint, taint

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Syllabification: plaint

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