1. Audible expression of sorrow; lamentation; complaint; hence, a mournful song; a lament. --Chaucer.“The Psalmist's mournful plaint.” --Wordsworth.
2. An accusation or protest on account of an injury.
There are three just grounds of war with Spain: one of plaint, two upon defense. --Bacon.
3. Law A private memorial tendered to a court, in which a person sets forth his cause of action; the exhibiting of an action in writing.
n 1: a written statement of the grounds of complaint made to
court law asking for the grievance to be redressed
2: a cry of sorrow and grief; "their pitiful laments could be
heard throughout the ward" [syn: lament, lamentation,