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  • noun Plural form of plaining.


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  • They learned sweet plainings, such as pipe out-pours,

    On the Nature of Things

  • It was the “incessant weepings” of his wife, the “piteous plainings of the pretty babes,” that forced him, he says, to exert himself.

    The Man Shakespeare

  • It was the "incessant weepings" of his wife, the "piteous plainings of the pretty babes," that forced him, he says, to exert himself.

    The Man Shakespeare

  • But wives don't weep incessantly in danger, nor are the "piteous plainings of the pretty babes" a feature of shipwreck; I find here a little picture of

    The Man Shakespeare

  • To Jove’s high throne, and by her plainings drew475


  • Strange sounds, too, were heard, or were thought to be, by those whom anxious watching might not have left mentally undisturbed -- sounds, not only of some ringing implement, but also -- so they said -- half-suppressed screams and plainings, such as might have issued from some ghostly engine, overplied.

    The Piazza Tales

  • This truth taught me my Queen by force of manifold 'plainings

    The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus

  • And anew he commenced his love-plainings, described to her the torments and fierce joys of an unreturned love, which is yet too strong and overpowering to be suppressed.

    The Daughter of an Empress

  • I Have so often, my dear Miss Lawson, made you an auditor to my plainings, that common gratitude urges me to refresh your ideas with an account of my present felicity.

    Vicissitudes in Genteel Life

  • �the despised companion of the man whom she, with puerile plainings, might claim as her own, � the man whom she affects to love by rule and measure! by the line of duty, and who seeks to be so loved in return!

    Isabella. A Novel


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