• The Peacock's Complaint
    The Peacock's Complaint
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n complaint (criminal law) a pleading describing some wrong or offense "he was arrested on a charge of larceny"
    • n complaint (civil law) the first pleading of the plaintiff setting out the facts on which the claim for relief is based
    • n complaint an expression of grievance or resentment
    • n complaint (formerly) a loud cry (or repeated cries) of pain or rage or sorrow
    • n complaint an often persistent bodily disorder or disease; a cause for complaining
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Complaint (Law) A formal allegation or charge against a party made or presented to the appropriate court or officer, as for a wrong done or a crime committed (in the latter case, generally under oath); an information; accusation; the initial bill in proceedings in equity.
    • Complaint An ailment or disease of the body. "One in a complaint of his bowels."
    • Complaint Cause or subject of complaint or murmuring. "The poverty of the clergy in England hath been the complaint of all who wish well to the church."
    • Complaint Expression of grief, regret, pain, censure, or resentment; lamentation; murmuring; accusation; fault-finding. "I poured out my complaint before him.""Grievous complaints of you."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n complaint An expression of grief, regret, pain, censure, resentment, or discontent; lamentation; faultfinding; murmuring.
    • n complaint That which is complained of; a cause of grief, discontent, lamentation, etc.
    • n complaint A cause of bodily pain or uneasiness; a malady; a disease; an ailment: usually applied to disorders not violent.
    • n complaint A formal accusation; a charge that an offense has been committed; especially, such a charge presented to an officer or a court for the purpose of instituting prosecution.
    • n complaint In many of the United States, the pleading in which the plaintiff in a civil action formally sets forth the facts of his case, with his claim for relief thereon: corresponding to the declaration at common law, the bill in equity, and the libel in admiralty.
    • n complaint A poem bewailing ill fortune in matters of love; a plaint.
    • n complaint Synonyms Lament.
    • n complaint Ailment, disorder, distemper, illness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Complaint a complaining: an expression of grief: a representation of pains or injuries: a finding fault: the thing complained of: a disease: an ailment
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  • Wallace Stevens
    “Civilization must be destroyed. The hairy saints of the North have earned this crumb by their complaints.”
  • Johnson
    “To hear complaints is tiresome to the miserable and the happy.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “The usual fortune of complaint is to excite contempt more than pity.”
  • Jonathan Swift
    “Complaint is the largest tribute Heaven receives.”
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    “When handling a customers complaint, remember: If you can't fix it, don't drop it.”
  • Robert Burns
    “Firmness in enduring and exertion is a character I always wish to possess. I have always despised the whining yelp of complaint and cowardly resolve.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. complainte,. See Complain
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. complaindre—Low L. complangĕre—L. com, inten., plangĕre, bewail.


In literature:

I presume you don't know anybody else who is afflicted with that complaint?
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 102, April, 1866" by Various
Complaints, and more than complaints, both loud and deep, were uttered.
"Will Weatherhelm" by W.H.G. Kingston
Theocritus fills his Idylliums with loud complaints of the neglect of his patrons; and Tasso was as little successful in his dedications.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
But not easily may hope be awakened in one long tranced into hopelessness by a chronic complaint.
"The Confidence-Man" by Herman Melville
Complaints poured in upon Col. Selby.
"Hubert's Wife" by Minnie Mary Lee
She finally promised to leave me out of it entirely, but she intended to make complaint against them on her own account.
"Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore" by Pauline Lester
Cataract is a most common complaint, even in comparatively young persons.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
The letter of complaint is purely a matter of stating exactly what the trouble is.
"How to Write Letters (Formerly The Book of Letters)" by Mary Owens Crowther
Through this wrapper, all questions are asked, all complaints entered, all proposals made.
"The Teacher" by Jacob Abbott
She cried me down, and made complaints to everybody.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon

In poetry:

Labor, and make no complaint
That the time is long;
Work in earnest,—never faint
Till the weak be strong.
"Labor" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
I go where each thing goes,
Without complaint or grief,
The leaf of the withered rose
And the faded laurel leaf.
"Translation From Millevoye" by Frances Anne Kemble
Fisher folk live
In villages; where
I know not, yet
Constant complaints to see the shore
Are all he seems to say.
"Fisher folk" by Ono no Komachi
And when that He is nearest, most
Our weak complaints we raise,
Lacking the wisdom to perceive
The mystery of His ways.
"January" by Alice Cary
Oftenest he looks a weary saint,
Embalmed in pallid gleam;
Listless and sad, without complaint,
Like dead man in a dream.
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
I would disclose my whole complaint,
But where shall I begin?
No words of mine can fully paint
That worst distemper, sin.
"A Sick Soul" by John Newton

In news:

WAYNE — Tears and stress have replaced excitement and joy for many girls who ordered prom gowns from a Passaic County business with a history of complaints.
DEP probing Pulaski drill site complaint.
Manhattan: Cab Riders' Complaints Drop By A Third.
Complaints against New York City taxi drivers have dropped by nearly a third from their peak two years ago, the city's Taxi and Limousine Commission said yesterday.
Official fired for ignoring complaint against drug company in meningitis outbreak case.
Daniel Capps filed a small claims complaint against tenant Lisa Reynolds for ejectment, damages and rent.
On Aug 4 they filed a 44-page complaint with the Civil Chamber of the lower court of Dusseldorf , a wealthy city in western Germany.
Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter.
Architect Frank Gehry and his design team are proposing changes to the planned Dwight D Eisenhower Memorial in Washington after hearing complaints from Ike's family for months.
Architect Frank Gehry has redesigned a memorial to Dwight D Eisenhower in the nation's capital after complaints from the former president's family.
Yet the food and wine expert kept hearing complaints from travelers who'd fallen into tourist traps.
Defense says diagnosis was reasonable, patient's complaints not specific.
In February, 2010, a 45-year-old woman weighing 220 kg (body-mass index 68 kg/m 2 ) was referred to our institution after a 3-month history of progressive abdominal distension without fever or night sweats or other complaints.
Blind woman files complaint against election commission .
A blind woman has filed a complaint against the Lancaster County Election Commission .

In science:

The main complaint, which we are addressing, is that we made the server “too secure”.
TellTable Spreadsheet Audit: from Technical Possibility to Operating Prototype
There were also some complaints of failure that were the result of bugs in our code.
TellTable Spreadsheet Audit: from Technical Possibility to Operating Prototype
At the time of writing these have been largely overcome. A final complaint was the lack of a cut-and-paste feature to allow external information to be copied into our files.
TellTable Spreadsheet Audit: from Technical Possibility to Operating Prototype
Poor performance – A well-known complaint from users is that the Fl ash version for Linux and Mac is slower and uses more computer resources when playing the same content than the Windows version.
Analysis of Using Browser-native Technology to Build Rich Internet Applications for Image Manipulation
Our purpose in this paper is to offer a new proof avoiding these complaints.
A simple homotopy-theoretical proof of the Sullivan conjecture