jeremiad[jer′ə mī′ad′, -əd]
jeremiad definition by Webster's New World
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- a long lamentation or complaint: in allusion to the Lamentations of Jeremiah
- a long, scolding speech, sermon, etc. expressing disapproval or warning of disaster
Origin: French jérémiade ; from Jérémie, Jeremiah: see Jeremiah
jeremiad definition by American Heritage Dictionary
A literary work or speech expressing a bitter lament or a righteous prophecy of doom.
Origin: French jérémiade, after Jérémie, Jeremiah, author of The Lamentations, from Late Latin Ieremiās; see Jeremiah1.