complaining

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj complaining expressing pain or dissatisfaction of resentment "a complaining boss"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • 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 complaining The expression of regret, sorrow, or dissatisfaction; a murmuring; a complaint.
    • complaining Expressing or expressive of complaint; lamenting; murmuring: as, to speak in a complaining tone.
    • complaining In the habit of making complaint; fretful; querulous: as, a complaining child.
    • complaining Sick; ill; poorly: as, he is complaining.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • 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.
    • Complaining the action of the verb complain: complaint
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Quotations

  • Francois FeNelon
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    “Had we not faults of our own, we should take less pleasure in complaining of others.”
  • Henry Ford
    Henry%20Ford
    “Never complain. Never explain.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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    “I will not be as those who spend the day in complaining of headache, and the night in drinking the wine that gives it.”
  • Benny Hill
    Benny Hill
    “Just because nobody complains doesn't mean all parachutes are perfect.”
  • Lord Jeffrey
    Lord Jeffrey
    “The tendency to whining and complaining may be taken as the surest sign symptom of little souls and inferior intellects.”
  • Phil Lout
    Phil Lout
    “I find it unusual that it is more socially acceptable to complain about what you have than it is to ask for what you want.”

Etymology

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

Usage

In literature:

And I should not have to complain, as I do now, that the times are bad.
"The Miser (L'Avare)" by Molière
And they did not find much cause of complaining as to Lizzie's conduct in these days.
"The Eustace Diamonds" by Anthony Trollope
But I don't complain.
"My Novel, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
He had only time to say that there was nothing to complain of, when Mr. Vimpany burst into an explosion of laughter.
"Blind Love" by Wilkie Collins
But observe, madam, observe, the cockroach doesn't complain.
"The Possessed" by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The men complain much of sore eyes and imposthumes.
"The Journals of Lewis and Clark" by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
Madame Lerat and Mademoiselle Remanjou complained, declaring that their legs could scarcely bear them.
"L'Assommoir" by Emile Zola
There is an old lady yonder who has already complained.
"The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris" by Emile Zola
She asked her if she had aught to complain of in her situation.
"The Works of Whittier, Volume V (of VII) Margaret Smith's Journal in the Province of Massachusetts Bay, 1678-9; Tales and Sketches; My Summer with Dr. Singletary: A Fragment; and Others" by John Greenleaf Whittier
She asked her if she had aught to complain of in her situation.
"The Complete Works of Whittier The Standard Library Edition with a linked Index" by John Greenleaf Whittier
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In poetry:

X.
Then shall my flutt'ring Heart be fixt,
The Muse no more complain,
But with the Choirs immortal mixt,
Resound a heav'nly Strain.
"The Complaint and the Consolation." by Mather Byles
The sighing wintry winds complain,--
The singing bird has flown,--
Hark! heard I not that ringing strain,
That clear celestial tone?
"Our Sweet Singer" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
He frees the souls condemned to death,
And when his saints complain,
It shan't be said, "That praying breath
Was ever spent in vain."
"Psalm 102 part 2" by Isaac Watts
Season of snows, and season of flowers,
Seasons of loss and gain!--
Since grief and joy must alike be ours,
Why do we still complain?
"The Plaint Human" by James Whitcomb Riley
When ghosts and owlets flit abroad,
The furniture's awake, aware,
The floor complaining of its load,
And what a creaking of the stair.
"Vigil" by Katharine Tynan
No longer we complain of wants,
We see the glorious King of saints,
Amidst his joyful hosts around,
With all the divine glory crown'd.
"The Believer's Soliloquy; Especially in Times of Desertion, Temptation, Affliction, &c." by Ralph Erskine

In news:

It's Fun To Complain at the YMCA.
School kids and workers have griped about Mondays for years, but this new report says we might as well complain about several other days while we're at it.
JERUSALEM – Three Syrian tanks entered the demilitarized zone in the Golan Heights on Saturday, prompting Israel to complain to UN peacekeepers, a military spokesman said.
Hundreds of patients complained, sparking an FDA investigation.
Recorder Vince Kidwell said three people have approached him over the past week complaining about derelict properties in town.
Complain they'll have to spend millions to satisfy a federal judge's "arbitrary" desegregation order.
Neighbors had complained about drug deals.
Critics are complaining the imam is too 'radical' to represent the US.
Rather than complaining about her life being torn apart, Lauren Scruggs is celebrating the positive outcomes of her devastating collision with a small plane propellor.
This individual is highly successful, well regarded and, apart from the usual hectic business life, has not much to complain about.
ANIMAL NOISES, WILTSHIRE ROAD: A resident complained Sept, 27 his neighbor's chickens are making a lot of noise on a daily basis, most notably between 8 and 10 am, although the squawking happens several times throughout the day.
I went to the doctor complaining about pain in my abdomen, and he diagnosed me with diverticulitis .
Q I went to the doctor complaining about pain in my abdomen, and he diagnosed me with diverticulitis .
Three Syrian tanks entered the demilitarized zone in the Golan Heights on Saturday, prompting Israel to complain to UN peacekeepers, a military spokesman said.
JERUSALEM—Three Syrian tanks entered the demilitarized zone in the Golan Heights on Saturday, prompting Israel to complain to UN peacekeepers, a military spokesman said.
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In science:

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
As from our interviews most of them complained that the caretakers were least interested in getting them married off in the reproductive age group.
Mathematical Analysis of the Problems faced by the People With Disabilities (PWDs)
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