(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. mournful, wistful, sad, melancholy, sorrowful. See lamentation.
(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. melancholy, pitiful, mournful; see sad 2 .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) a.
[PLANE tiv]
expressing sadness.
The lost fawn gave a plaintive cry.
SYN.: sad, sorrowful, melancholy, mournful, pathetic, piteous, pitiful, heartrending, wistful, doleful, heartsick.
ANT.: happy, cheery, perky
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective Full of or expressive of sorrow: doleful, dolorous, lugubrious, mournful, rueful, sad, sorrowful, woebegone, woeful. See HAPPY.

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  • plaintive — (adj.) late 14c., lamenting, from O.Fr. plaintif complaining, from pleint (see PLAINT (Cf. plaint)). Sense of mournful, sad first recorded 1570s. Related: Plaintively …   Etymology dictionary

  • plaintive — dolorous, doleful, *melancholy, lugubrious, rueful Analogous words: pensive, reflective, meditative, *thoughtful: lamenting, deploring (see DEPLORE): *pitiful, piteous …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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  • plaintive — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ sounding sad and mournful. DERIVATIVES plaintively adverb plaintiveness noun. ORIGIN Old French, from plaindre complain …   English terms dictionary

  • plaintive — [plān′tiv] adj. [ME pleintif < OFr plaintif: see PLAINTIFF] expressing sorrow or melancholy; mournful; sad plaintively adv. plaintiveness n …   English World dictionary

  • plaintive — plain|tive [ˈpleıntıv] adj [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: plaintif, from plaint; PLAINT] a plaintive sound is high, like someone crying, and sounds sad plaintive cry/voice/sound etc ▪ the plaintive cry of the seagull >plaintively adv …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • plaintive — [[t]ple͟ɪntɪv[/t]] ADJ GRADED A plaintive sound or voice sounds sad. [LITERARY] They lay on the firm sands, listening to the plaintive cry of the seagulls... Her voice was small and plaintive. Syn: mournful Derived words: plaintively ADV GRADED… …   English dictionary

  • plaintive — plain|tive [ pleıntıv ] adjective a plaintive sound is high and sad: a plaintive melody/cry ╾ plain|tive|ly adverb …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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