Monday, 13 February 2012

Entry: plangent (adj.)

In context: "...sarcasm and jokes were often the bottle i which clinical depressives sent out their most plangent screams for someone to care and help them."

Definition: Loud and resonant; reverberating; (also) that thrills or affects the emotions; mournful, plaintive-sounding.

Other: Check out this alternative definition:  Of a wave, surf, etc.: making a beating, roaring, or crashing sound. Chiefly poet. Now rare.

Cool etymology too: < classical Latin plangent- , plangēns , present participle of plangere to strike noisily, beat the breast, lament aloud < a variant with nasal infix of the Indo-European base of ancient Greek πλήσσειν to strike

SNOOT score: 3

Page: 71
Source: Oxford English Dictionary


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