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Definition 1: an expression of grievance or resentment - [noun denoting communication]

(complaint is a kind of ...) the speech act of objecting

(... is a kind of complaint ) a complaint about a (real or imaginary) wrong that causes resentment and is grounds for action

(... is a kind of complaint ) a complaint uttered in a low and indistinct tone

(... is a kind of complaint ) a long and mournful complaint

"a jeremiad against any form of government"

(... is a kind of complaint ) (Yiddish) a nagging complaint

(... is a kind of complaint ) an opportunity for complaint that is seldom missed

"grammatical mistakes are his pet peeve"

(... is a kind of complaint ) a complaint uttered in a plaintive whining way

Definition 2: (formerly) a loud cry (or repeated cries) of pain or rage or sorrow - [noun denoting communication]

(complaint is a kind of ...) a loud utterance of emotion (especially when inarticulate)

"a cry of rage" "a yell of pain"

(... is a kind of complaint ) a loud complaint or protest or reproach

(... is a kind of complaint ) a cry of sorrow and grief

"their pitiful laments could be heard throughout the ward"

Definition 3: (civil law) the first pleading of the plaintiff setting out the facts on which the claim for relief is based - [noun denoting communication]

(complaint is a kind of ...) (law) a statement in legal and logical form stating something on behalf of a party to a legal proceeding

(... is a kind of complaint ) the written statement of a plaintiff explaining the cause of action (the defamation) and any relief he seeks

(complaint belongs to category ...) the body of laws established by a state or nation for its own regulation

Definition 4: (criminal law) a pleading describing some wrong or offense - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where complaint or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he was arrested on a charge of larceny

Synonyms for complaint in the sense of this definition

(complaint is a kind of ...) (law) a statement in legal and logical form stating something on behalf of a party to a legal proceeding

(... is a kind of complaint ) a formal charge of wrongdoing brought against a person; the act of imputing blame or guilt

(... is part of complaint) a formal document written for a prosecuting attorney charging a person with some offense

(complaint belongs to category ...) the body of law dealing with crimes and their punishment

Definition 5: an often persistent bodily disorder or disease; a cause for complaining - [noun denoting state]

Synonyms for complaint in the sense of this definition

(complaint is a kind of ...) a physical condition in which there is a disturbance of normal functioning

"the doctor prescribed some medicine for the disorder" "everyone gets stomach upsets from time to time"

(... is a kind of complaint ) a minor nonspecific ailment

(... is a kind of complaint ) the state of being dizzy or nauseated because of the motions that occur while traveling in or on a moving vehicle

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