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complaintive

Definitions

  • The Peacock's Complaint
    The Peacock's Complaint
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj complaintive expressing pain or dissatisfaction of resentment "a complaining boss"
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Quotations

  • Wallace Stevens
    Wallace%20Stevens
    “Civilization must be destroyed. The hairy saints of the North have earned this crumb by their complaints.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    Benjamin%20Franklin
    “Constant complaint is the poorest sort of pay for all the comforts we enjoy.”
  • Johnson
    Johnson
    “To hear complaints is tiresome to the miserable and the happy.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    Samuel%20Johnson
    “The usual fortune of complaint is to excite contempt more than pity.”
  • Jonathan Swift
    Jonathan%20Swift
    “Complaint is the largest tribute Heaven receives.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “When handling a customers complaint, remember: If you can't fix it, don't drop it.”

Usage

In literature:

Another complaint is, that many of his witnesses were obliged to leave England before he could make use of their evidence.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. XI. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Mr. Ramsay MacDonald came out from the committee to see what all the complaints were about.
"My War Experiences in Two Continents" by Sarah Macnaughtan
Bright hopes characterize pulmonary complaints as certainly as cough.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
Complaints against Venantius 216 37.
"The Letters of Cassiodorus" by Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
The other complaints made by Clayborne were not deemed proper for the interference of government.
"The Life of George Washington, Vol. 1 (of 5)" by John Marshall
I don't deny that it's fine, and therefore you can have no cause of complaint against me.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
The complaints they whispered in the ears of their friends soon found their way to mine.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
She did not want to see her husband with such a gloomy face nor listen to his complaints.
"Woman Triumphant" by Vicente Blasco Ibañez
In other respects I have nothing substantial to complain of, nor is even this a cause for complaint.
"Charlotte Bronte and Her Circle" by Clement K. Shorter
And complaint followed it up.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
There were some complaints, of course.
"Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights" by Kelly Miller
Every place was full of jealousy and complaints.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part C. From Henry VII. to Mary" by David Hume
In the present disposition of men's minds, universal complaints prevailed, as if the kingdom were reduced to slavery.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part E. From Charles I. to Cromwell" by David Hume
The general complaint against the sermon is that it is too dry.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 5, 1920" by Various
Physicians talk much of the danger attending any complaint on the lungs, after a woman has suckled for some months.
"Posthumous Works" by Mary Wollstonecraft
Where I have heard complaints about health as being injured by study, they have proceeded from those who have done least work at college.
"The Education of American Girls" by Anna Callender Brackett
His complaints increasing, the squill was pushed as far as could be borne, but without any good effect.
"An Account of the Foxglove and some of its Medical Uses" by William Withering
I will not say what I have heard since these complaints came first over.
"Bradford's History of 'Plimoth Plantation'" by William Bradford
He was taught to undergo the most horrible tortures without a word of complaint or a sign of anguish.
"Four American Indians" by Edson L. Whitney
I make no complaints, and show no disgust.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
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In poetry:

Among the praises of his saints
His dwelling there he chose;
There he received their just complaints
Against their haughty foes.
"Psalm 76" by Isaac Watts
Up to the hills where Christ is gone
To plead for all his saints,
Presenting at his Father's throne
Our songs and our complaints.
"Psalm 5" by Isaac Watts
This kind word dispelled my grief,
Put to silence my complaints;
Though of sinners I am chief,
He his ranked me with his saints.
"Dwelling In Mesech" by John Newton
Bowed with a sense of sin, I faint
Beneath the complicated load;
Father, attend my deep complaint,
I am Thy creature, Thou my God.
"Bowed With a Sense of Sin" by Augustus Montague Toplady
Yet while my tongue indulged complaints,
I felt my heart reprove,
"Sure I shall thus offend thy saints,
And grieve the men I love."
"Psalm LXXIII: Now I'm Convinced the Lord Is Kind" by Isaac Watts
When Pharaoh dared to vex the saints,
And thus provoked their God,
Moses was sent at their complaints,
Armed with his dreadful rod.
"PSALM 105 Abridged" by Isaac Watts

In news:

Driver files complaint against actor Depardieu .
French actor Gerard Depardieu is facing a legal complaint for assault and battery after getting into an altercation with a car driver in Paris, an official at the prosecutor's office said on Thursday.
Prosecutors focus on the work and home life complaints of Staff Sgt Robert Bales, who could face court-martial in the March 11 massacre of civilians.
Depiction of proposed tanker route sparks complaint to standards agency.
A consumer complaint is ricocheting around the world: low interest rates are eating away at savings.
Practical Pearls for Common Skin Complaints.
Noise from a nearby shooting range is a subject of debate and complaint.
Supervisor Neil Derry released a statement regarding the complaint filed against him by the Attorney General pertaining to a campaign contribution violation.
Douglas Scott, was shot and killed in 2007 after responding to an impaired driving complaint in Kimmirut, Nunavut THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, RCMP.
Contact your local Better Business Bureau for complaints and compliments.
While police aren't usually called to resolve a consumer complaint, a Kendall officer won special honors for doing just that job.
Liberal attack group finds itself on receiving end of IRS complaint.
The complaints of other NBA owners helped nix a proposed deal that would have united All-Star guards Chris Paul (left) and Kobe Bryant with the Los Angeles Lakers.
According to the civil complaint, Vodvarka served as secretary from 1990 until last year, and that her embezzlement began as early as 2000.
The knives "are marked with the signature trademark ' Emerils, ' and 'Solingen, Germany' on one side of the blade, and on the other side they are marked 'China,'" according to the complaint.
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In science:

This will also bring out a complaint implicit in Section 3.2.2’s question about the account of space and rotation.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
The main complaint, which we are addressing, is that we made the server “too secure”.
TellTable Spreadsheet Audit: from Technical Possibility to Operating Prototype
Poor performance – A well-known complaint from users is that the Fl ash version for Linux and Mac is slower and uses more computer resources when playing the same content than the Windows version.
Analysis of Using Browser-native Technology to Build Rich Internet Applications for Image Manipulation
Our purpose in this paper is to offer a new proof avoiding these complaints.
A simple homotopy-theoretical proof of the Sullivan conjecture
This must have contributed to Einstein’s complaint that the paper, apparently written for publication by Podolsky, was ‘smothered in formalism’ 3 .
Quantum discord is Bohr's notion of non-mechanical disturbance introduced in his answer to EPR
When he arrives at his meeting, the system has to recommend him the client’s register of complaints. To achieve this goal, the system only knows the habits of the ten colleagues of Paul.
Applying machine learning techniques to improve user acceptance on ubiquitous environement
There are thus two main complaints: poor design and implementation, and the irresponsibility of the vendor in dealing with bug reports and customer problems.
Open source software and peer review
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Matters of Gravity, the newsletter of the Topical Group in Gravitation of the American Physical Society
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Matters of Gravity, The Newsletter of the Topical Group in Gravitation of the American Physical Society, Volume 32, Fall 2008
Advocates of Bayesian methods need to tell this story, and give this complaint a proper and public burial.
Bayesian astrostatistics: a backward look to the future
However, I think both complaints are based on a misunderstanding of the nature of the problem.
What can we learn from the study of non-perturbative quantum general relativity?
There were several complaints about the details of the idas hypertext interface (use of mouse buttons, positioning of windows, etc).
Automatic Generation of Technical Documentation
Since Kennedy’s complaint that there has been little activity and progress in the field of fermion simulation algorithms, we have seen much work devoted to this algorithmic challenge lattice field theory has to face.
Recent Developments in Fermion Simulation Algorithms
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Matters of Gravity, the newsletter of the APS TG on gravitation
The other commonly heard complaint traditional model fitting is that a model must be supplied before its parameters can be fit to the data, and in the typical case of incomplete data it is impossible to be sure that the model both has the right variables and started in the correct (i.e. global) local minimum of χ2 .
Smear fitting: a new deconvolution method for interferometric data
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