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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 plaint /ˈplent/
 悲歎,感嘆,訴苦

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Plaint n.
 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.
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 plaint
      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,
         wail]