Origin: ME plainte < OFr < L planctus, lamentation, loud banging < pp. of plangere, to beat the breast, lament < IE base *plag-, to strike > flaw, Gr plēssein, to strike
See plaint in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Old French plainte
Origin: , from Latin plānctus, lament
Origin: , from past participle of plangere, to strike one's breast, lament; see plāk-2 in Indo-European roots.
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