• WordNet 3.6
    • n complainer a person given to excessive complaints and crying and whining
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Michelangelo's Last Judgment, which hangs on the walls of the Sistine Chapel, drew some harsh criticism from one of the Vatican's officials because of the nudity. So Michelangelo made some changes to his work: he painted in the face of the complaining clergyman and added a donkey's ears and a snake's tail.
    • n Complainer kŏm*plān"ẽr One who complains or laments; one who finds fault; a murmurer. "Speechless complainer , I will learn thy thought."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Potato chips were invented in Saratoga Springs in 1853 by chef George Crum. They were a mocking response to a patron who complained that his French fries were too thick.
    • n complainer One who complains, laments, or bewails; a faultfinder; a murmurer; a grumbler.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: "To whinge" is Australian slang for "to complain constantly."
    • Complainer a murmurer: complainant
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  • Jane Austen
    “Those who do not complain are never pitied.”
  • Confucius
    “Don't complain about the snow on your neighbor's roof when your own doorstep is unclean.”
  • Robert A. Cook
    Robert A. Cook
    “Say and do something positive that will help the situation; it doesn't take any brains to complain.”
  • Anthony J. D'Angelo
    Anthony J. D'Angelo
    “Realize that if you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it.”
  • Jane Austen
    “Nobody can tell what I suffer! But it is always so. Those who do not complain are never pitied.”
  • Ira Hayes
    Ira Hayes
    “No one ever complains about a speech being too short!”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. complaindre—Low L. complangĕre—L. com, inten., plangĕre, bewail.


In literature:

When the weather began to be chilly, she complained of a pain in her side.
"The Power and the Glory" by Grace MacGowan Cooke
The other army had a still grosser outrage to complain of.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 2" by Various
In other respects I have no reason to complain.
"Life Of Johnson, Volume 4 (of 6)" by Boswell
Now it happens that this sort of motion is not that to which physicians refer, when they complain of corsets.
"The Young Mother" by William A. Alcott
Did your slaves ever complain to you of their unhappiness amidst their native woods and deserts?
"The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the" by Thomas Clarkson
One complains of this grievance, another of that.
"The Anatomy of Melancholy" by Democritus Junior
But why do I thus complain?
"The Spectator, Volume 2." by Addison and Steele
They complained to me of want of food and ammunition.
"Personal Memoirs Of A Residence Of Thirty Years With The Indian Tribes On The American Frontiers" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
The girl did not wash a cloth clean which the complainant gave her, and the complainant was obliged to wash it herself.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 2 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
The girl did not wash a cloth clean which the complainant gave her, and the complainant was obliged to wash it herself.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus" by American Anti-Slavery Society

In poetry:

But he who slept till day, and waked to find
The sheeted raindrops beating on the land,
Did loud complain
His disappointed hope.
""The Hour Ye Know Not."" by Annie Adams Fields
"Trust me, I never will complain,
I'll shed no fruitless tear,
Not one weak drop my cheek shall stain,
Or tell what passes here!
"Edwin and Eltruda, a Legendary Tale" by Helen Maria Williams
When I confessed my wand'ring ways,
Thou heard'st my soul complain;
Grant me the teachings of thy grace,
Or I shall stray again.
"Psalm 119 part 9" by Isaac Watts
Now let our mournful songs record
The dying sorrows of our Lord,
When he complained in tears and blood,
As one forsaken of his God.
"Psalm 22" by Isaac Watts
"This is the dumb and dreary hour
When injured ghosts complain;
When yawning graves give up their dead
To haunt the faithless swain.
"William And Margaret" by Henry Morley
O God of grace and righteousness,
Hear and attend when I complain;
Thou hast enlarged me in distress,
Bow down a gracious ear again.
"Psalm 4" by Isaac Watts

In news:

He complains that in the Pope's latest encyclical, he refuses to take sides in the struggle between capitalism and Communism.
I know it's easy to complain when you get your utility bill and see anything with more than two zeros, but this is ridiculous.
She's not complaining, but you can do better 1.
A PROPOSED bike lane running along SW 12th through the center of downtown is on hold after major businesses complained that the bikeway would make life more difficult for drivers.
Because of its hefty you-know-what, the French banned and removed a giant marble statue of Apollo in the 1970s after people began complaining of its indecency.
He complained of intermittent regurgitation of the mass and associated dyspnea.
A 51-year-old man presented to the Center for Voice and Swallowing complaining of solid-food dysphagia and pyrosis.
To all who complain about the race track at Webster City, if you think you can do a better job of watering - you do it.
The computer technician complained that customers' requests were becoming increasingly exigent , bordering on unreasonable.
Most often the contact lens patient neither complains of ocular dryness nor exhibits clinical signs of dry eye when not wearing her lenses.
But we won't complain too much.
On owners green lighting multiyear, mega-million contracts while complaining about them in negotiations.
Jennifer Livingston of WKBT received an email from a viewer who complained her size wasn't a "suitable example" for the community's young people.
He complained of left arm pain, which was acute in the morning, but would improve during the day.
Who wouldn't complain, years into a recession, at being targeted for a substantial hike in fees.

In science:

April had complained about a mild continuous pain in the muscles around her knee and ankle the last time she finished running 6 miles.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
The Java compiler complains again at the same line: a String can not be assigned to an int variable.
Extensible type checker for parser generation
Now the type checker complains: “Incompatible types: String and Int” we have got a precise error message without generating code and running a compiler.
Extensible type checker for parser generation
Overall the displaying of Flash websites and movies is very CPU intensive and many users complain that Flash is the main reason for their web browser too crash when browsing the Internet.
Analysis of Using Browser-native Technology to Build Rich Internet Applications for Image Manipulation
However, even in the light of all these developments, the reader accustomed to the prevailing physics literature may still complain that none of this progress in QFT on cobordisms of all genera yields a definition of what string theory really is.
Survey of mathematical foundations of QFT and perturbative string theory