from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A literary work or speech expressing a bitter lament or a righteous prophecy of doom.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A long speech or prose work that bitterly laments the state of society and its morals, and often contains a prophecy of its coming downfall.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A tale of sorrow, disappointment, or complaint; a doleful story; a dolorous tirade; -- generally used satirically.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Lamentation; an utterance of grief or sorrow; a complaining tirade: used with a spice of ridicule or mockery, implying either that the grief itself is unnecessarily great, or that the utterance of it is tediously drawn out and attended with a certain satisfaction to the utterer.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a long and mournful complaint
French jérémiade, after Jérémie, Jeremiah, author of The Lamentations, from Late Latin Ieremiās; see Jeremiah1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French jérémiade, from Jérémie, from Latin Ieremias, from Hebrew ירמיה ("Jeremiah"). (Wiktionary)