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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.


Broader (hypernym)pleading

Narrower (hyponym)accusal, accusation

Part meronymbill of indictment, indictment

Domain categorycriminal law

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