complaint

A complaint is an objection to something that is unfair, unacceptable, or otherwise not up to normal standards. If your neighbors have a complaint about noise, they want you to be more quiet.

A complaint is voiced objection to something, like a complaint about cold or disgusting-tasting food in a restaurant. Complaint is also a legal term — the plaintiff's reasons for bringing a civil action. Medically speaking, a complaint is a disorder or disease that is hard to cure completely. Loud cries of pain, anger, or sadness can also be called complaints.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: complaint

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n
an expression of grievance or resentment
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n
(criminal law) a pleading describing some wrong or offense
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: complaint
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n an expression of grievance or resentment

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grievance
a complaint about a (real or imaginary) wrong that causes resentment and is grounds for action
grumble, grumbling, murmur, murmuring, mutter, muttering
a complaint uttered in a low and indistinct tone
jeremiad
a long and mournful complaint
kvetch
(Yiddish) a nagging complaint
pet peeve
an opportunity for complaint that is seldom missed
whimper, whine
a complaint uttered in a plaintive whining way
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objection
the speech act of objecting

n (formerly) a loud cry (or repeated cries) of pain or rage or sorrow

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exclamation
a loud complaint or protest or reproach
lament, lamentation, plaint, wail
a cry of sorrow and grief
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cry, yell
a loud utterance of emotion (especially when inarticulate)

n an often persistent bodily disorder or disease; a cause for complaining

Synonyms:
ailment, ill
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pip
a minor nonspecific ailment
kinetosis, motion sickness
the state of being dizzy or nauseated because of the motions that occur while traveling in or on a moving vehicle
air sickness, airsickness
motion sickness experienced while traveling by air (especially during turbulence)
car sickness
motion sickness experienced while traveling in a car
mal de mer, naupathia, seasickness
motion sickness experienced while traveling on water
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disorder, upset
a physical condition in which there is a disturbance of normal functioning
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n (criminal law) a pleading describing some wrong or offense

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charge
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accusal, accusation
a formal charge of wrongdoing brought against a person; the act of imputing blame or guilt
self-accusation, self-condemnation
an admission that you have failed to do or be something you know you should do or be
recrimination
mutual accusations
allegation
(law) a formal accusation against somebody (often in a court of law)
blame game
accusations exchanged among people who refuse to accept sole responsibility for some undesirable event
imprecation
a slanderous accusation
imputation
a statement attributing something dishonest (especially a criminal offense)
indictment
an accusation of wrongdoing
information
formal accusation of a crime
preferment
the act of making accusations
blame, incrimination, inculpation
an accusation that you are responsible for some lapse or misdeed
implication
an accusation that brings into intimate and usually incriminating connection
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pleading
(law) a statement in legal and logical form stating something on behalf of a party to a legal proceeding

n (civil law) the first pleading of the plaintiff setting out the facts on which the claim for relief is based

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libel
the written statement of a plaintiff explaining the cause of action (the defamation) and any relief he seeks
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pleading
(law) a statement in legal and logical form stating something on behalf of a party to a legal proceeding
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