A long lamentation or complaint: in allusion to the Lamentations of Jeremiah.
A long, scolding speech, sermon, etc. expressing disapproval or warning of disaster.
A literary work or speech expressing a bitter lament or a righteous prophecy of doom.
Origin of jeremiad
- French jérémiade after Jérémie Jeremiah, prophet traditionally considered the author of the biblical book of Lamentations from Late Latin Ieremiās Jeremiah1
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Jeremiah was a biblical prophet who lamented the moral state of Judah and predicted her downfall.