Com*plain" (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Complained (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Complaining.] [F. complaindre, LL. complangere; com- + L. plangere to strike, beat, to beat the breast or head as a sign of grief, to lament. See Plaint.]

1.

To give utterance to expression of grief, pain, censure, regret. etc.; to lament; to murmur; to find fault; -- commonly used with of. Also, to creak or squeak, as a timber or wheel.

O lose of sight, of three I most complain! Milton.

2.

To make a formal accusation; to make a charge.

Now, Master Shallow, you'll complain of me to the king? Shak.

Syn. -- To repine; grumble; deplore; bewail; grieve; mourn; regret; murmur.

 

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Com*plain", v. t.

To lament; to bewail.

[Obs.]

They might the grievance inwardly complain. Daniel.

By chaste Lucrece's soul that late complain'd Her wrongs to us. Shak.

 

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