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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.

[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

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ailment, charge, ill