1. A complaint.
2. An utterance of grief or sorrow; a lamentation.
[Middle English, from Old French plainte, from Latin plānctus, lament, from past participle of plangere, to strike one's breast, lament; see plāk-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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