Set to plaintive string music, the video depicted parents crying as they kiss their children, wounded Ukrainians in hospital beds, children in tears, and bloodstained sheets over corpses.
Who hasn’t asked themselves the same aching question framed by the Bee Gees in their plaintive 1971 masterpiece, “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?”
比吉斯夫妇在 1971 年悲痛的杰作中提出的同样令人痛心的问题，谁没有问过自己，“你怎么能修补破碎的心？”
“This is a great nation. We are good people,” Mr. Biden said, speaking in simple goals, sounding almost plaintive at times in his 21-minute address.
“这是一个伟大的国家。我们是好人，”拜登先生说，他的目标很简单，在他 21 分钟的演讲中有时听起来几乎是哀伤。
—New York Times
Plaintive is an adjective for describing someone or something with a pleading, sorrowful, desperate tone. If you have ever heard the plaintive howl of a wolf, then you know what we are getting at here.
A plaint, as in complaint, is an expression of sorrow or grief. This word has also been bent a little at the ends to become plaintiff or complainant — the sufferer — in a lawsuit. So, whether you are hearing a plaintive tone in a courtroom, at a funeral, or in the wild (as in an animal’s plaintive howl), you can be assured that someone or something desires something desperately.
Leo couldn’t understand the words, but the song was plaintive and bittersweet, as if she were describing a home she could never return to.
—The House of Hades by Rick Riordan
The ephemeral bloom of a sego lily peeks from the toe of a ninety-foot stone arch, and canyon wrens call back and forth in plaintive tones from a thatch of scrub oak.
—Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
Taped to the box was a plaintive note: “Please do not steal this. I am on financial aid. Jenny Drexler.”
—The Secret History by Donna Tartt
plaintive (adj.)late 14c., "lamenting, complaining, giving utterance to sorrow or grief," from Old French plaintif "complaining; wretched, miserable," from plainte (see plaint). Sense of "expressive of sorrow or melancholy, mournful, sad" is recorded from 1570s. Earlier was pleintful "grievous, lamentable" (early 14c.). Related: Plaintively; plaintiveness.Related entries & more
plaintive (adj.)late 14c.，“哀叹，抱怨，表达悲伤或悲伤”，来自古法语原告“抱怨；悲惨，悲惨”，来自plainte（见原告）。从 1570 年代开始记录“表达悲伤或忧郁、悲哀、悲伤”的感觉。早些时候是丰富的“悲伤，可悲”（14c早期）。相关：悲哀地；哀伤。相关条目及更多
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