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having a sad quality
  • How to Memorize
    • plaintive - sad
  • Analysis

    ‘Plaintive’ describes a sound made by somebody or something that has a pleading, sorrowful, or desperate tone to it. For that reason, you may often come across it in association with words such as ‘sigh’ or ‘wail’.

  • Exam DBSpoken DBOther
    Synonymslamentablemournful, sorrowful,
    Antonymsmirthfulblissful, exulting,
  • Example(s)
    1. Alice did not cry when she received the bad news, she just let out a plaintive sigh.

    2. David had a plaintive tone to his voice as he pleaded with me to help him.

    3. The plaintive sound of a violin can be very moving and evocative.