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Complaint Definition

Poetic form derived from the Latin in which poets bewail social evils or the vicissitudes of life e.g. Complaint to his Purse by Geoffrey Chaucer.

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


ailment, charge, ill

Misc. Definitions

\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.

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