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English noun: complaint

1. complaint (state) an often persistent bodily disorder or disease; a cause for complaining


Synonymsailment, ill


Broader (hypernym)disorder, upset


Narrower (hyponym)kinetosis, motion sickness, pip

2. complaint (communication) (formerly) a loud cry (or repeated cries) of pain or rage or sorrow


Broader (hypernym)cry, yell


Narrower (hyponym)exclamation, lament, lamentation, plaint, wail

3. complaint (communication) an expression of grievance or resentment


Broader (hypernym)objection


Narrower (hyponym)grievance, grumble, grumbling, jeremiad, kvetch, murmur, murmuring, mutter, muttering, pet peeve, whimper, whine

4. complaint (communication) (civil law) the first pleading of the plaintiff setting out the facts on which the claim for relief is based


Broader (hypernym)pleading


Narrower (hyponym)libel


Domain categorycivil law

5. complaint (communication) (criminal law) a pleading describing some wrong or offense


SamplesHe was arrested on a charge of larceny.


Synonymscharge


Broader (hypernym)pleading


Narrower (hyponym)accusal, accusation


Part meronymbill of indictment, indictment


Domain categorycriminal law









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