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Meaning of COMPLAINT

Pronunciation:  kum'pleynt

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  (criminal law) a pleading describing some wrong or offense; "he was arrested on a charge of larceny"
  2. [n]  (civil law) the first pleading of the plaintiff setting out the facts on which the claim for relief is based
  3. [n]  an expression of grievance or resentment
  4. [n]  (formerly) a loud cry (or repeated cries) of pain or rage or sorrow
  5. [n]  an often persistent bodily disorder or disease; a cause for complaining
 

COMPLAINT is a 9 letter word that starts with C.

 

 Synonyms: ailment, charge, ill
 
 See Also: accusal, accusation, bill of indictment, cry, disorder, exclamation, grievance, grumble, grumbling, indictment, jeremiad, kinetosis, lament, lamentation, motion sickness, murmur, murmuring, mutter, muttering, objection, pet peeve, pip, plaint, pleading, upset, wail, whimper, whine, yell

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Com*plaint"\, n. [F. complainte. See {Complain}.]
1. Expression of grief, regret, pain, censure, or resentment;
   lamentation; murmuring; accusation; fault-finding.

         I poured out my complaint before him. --Ps. cxlii.
                                               2.

         Grievous complaints of you.           --Shak.

2. Cause or subject of complaint or murmuring.

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

3. An ailment or disease of the body.

         One in a complaint of his bowels.     --Arbuthnot.

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.

 
Legal Dictionary
 
 Definition: 1. The legal document that usually begins a civil lawsuit. It states the facts and identifies the action the court is asked to take. 2. Formal written charge that a person has committed a criminal offense.
 
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