Plaintive [ pleyn-tiv ]
The word is an adjective, i.e., it adds more information about the noun.
The word is an adjective, therefore, it doesn’t have a past form.
1. Sad or mournful
1. He became conscious of a plaintive sound in the wind and froze to listen.
2. Thomas let out a plaintive cry when he heard of his brother’s death.
Some synonyms of the word are:
heartrending, melancholy, sad, sorrowful, wistful, mournful, pitiful, woeful, wretched, heart-broken, desolate, forlorn, disconsolate, pathetic, woebegone, plangent, dolorous, etc.
Some antonyms of the word are:
happy, cheerful, joyous, etc.
The eye of genius has always a plaintive expression, and its natural language is pathos.Lydia M. Child
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