- The definition of plangent is a loud or sad sound.
An example of something plangent is the sound of a string quartet at a funeral.
- beating with a loud or deep sound, as breaking waves, etc.
- loud or resonant, and, often, mournful-sounding
Origin: L plangens, present participle of plangere, to beat: see plaint
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- Loud and resounding: plangent bells.
- Expressing or suggesting sadness; plaintive: “From a doorway came the plangent sounds of a guitar” (Malcolm Lowry).
Origin: Latin plangēns, plangent-, present participle of plangere, to strike, lament; see plāk-2 in Indo-European roots.
- planˈgen·cy noun
- planˈgent·ly adverb