If a kid who's away at summer camp mails his parents a jeremiad, it means that he sends them a long, sad list of complaints.

Use the noun jeremiad to talk about any list of woes, especially a lengthy, mournful one. Many letters to the editors of newspapers and comments on websites are jeremiads, and someone addressing a city council or school board might make a verbal jeremiad — speaking for a long time about their many grievances. The word jeremiad was coined in 1700s France, as jérémiade, and it was a reference to the Old Testament's "Lamentations of Jeremiah."

Definitions of jeremiad

n a long and mournful complaint

“a jeremiad against any form of government”
Type of:
an expression of grievance or resentment

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