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16-02-04, 08:54
plaintive \PLAYN-tiv\, adjective:
Expressive of sorrow or melancholy; mournful; sad.

Meanwhile Jack Byron's plight in France was becoming
desperate and his letters to his sister increasingly
plaintive.
--Phyllis Grosskurth, [1]Byron: The Flawed Angel

The shadows have lengthened, and the night birds have begun
their plaintive chorus.
--Valerie Martin, "Being St. Francis," [2]The Atlantic,
AugustĘ2000

... the plaintive cries of loneliness of the immigrant.
--Jeremy Eichler, "Tango and the Individual Talent," [3]New
Republic, July 3, 2000
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Plaintive derives from Old French plainte, "complaint," from
Latin planctus, past participle of plangere, "to strike (one's
breast), to lament."

References

1. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0395693799/ref%3Dnosim/lexico
2. http://www.theatlantic.com/
3. http://www.thenewrepublic.com/

Dictionary.com Entry and Pronunciation

http://dictionary.reference.com/search?r=9&q=plaintive

Gabi
16-02-04, 13:58
How depressing.......... :(