Plaintive in a sentence

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Definition of Plaintive

  • Repining; complaining; lamenting.
  • Expressive of sorrow or melancholy; mournful; sad.

How to use plaintive in a sentence. Plaintive pronunciation.

From the ramparts of the citadel he watched the sun go down, bathing the pyramids in a purple and golden light, throwing a glamour over all the western plain, and making heavenly the far hills with a plaintive colour, which spoke of peace and rest, but not of hope.
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Over the plaintive pink and golden glow of sunset was slowly being drawn a pervasive silver veil of moonlight.
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She got little help from Rodney, and after singing her plaintive requiem for the death of poetry by herself, she charmed herself into good spirits again by remembering the existence of Mozart.
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And now, even as I sat thus lost in pleasing wonderment, from the quarter-deck hard by came the sweet, throbbing melody of a lute touched by skilled fingers and therewith a voice richly soft and plaintive, yet thrilling with that strange, vital ring had first arrested me and which I should have known the world over.
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Whom doth thy plaintive Muse adore?
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From across the quiet street there came thin, plaintive, occasionally inaccurate, the strains of the long, long trail.
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At that moment some kind of waterfowl rose from its lair with a good deal of fluttering of its wings, and a plaintive cry of alarm.
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And his ivory lyre responds to your plaintive accents; he gathers the choir of the gods and from their immortal lips rushes a sacred chant of blessed voices.
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Mary Kilburn was always plaintive.
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I heard its plaintive "peep, peep, peep," on Chilhowee Mountain a number of times before I became aware of the fact that a lizard was the singer.
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Beneath the note paper a tiny gray head peeped out from under a doll blanket and a plaintive "miauw" greeted her.
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And a plaintive, sweet peeping came from the coverts.
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Ce serait le Bulbul[loc11]; mais sa voix, quoique plaintive, n'a pas des accens si touchans: car ceux qui les entendent ne peuvent abandonner ce lieu, mais ils s'y attachent et pleurent comme s'ils avaient aimé en vain!...
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But there was a plaintive wrinkle upon her brow as she watched him swing down the walk to the street.
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Dr. Brayle watched me curiously,-and poor Catherine Harland turned her plaintive eyes upon me full of alarm.
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The Northwestern rang Mitchell to say good-by forever and to hope his nose was broken; the Big Four promised that her brother, who was a puddler in the South Chicago steel mills, would run in and finish the rate clerk's job; Miss Gratz, of the C.&E.I., was tearfully plaintive and, being German, spoke of suicide.
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I recognised the plaintive voice of the little Chevalier. "_Messieurs et Mesdames_," he began, and took up the wand to emphasize his discourse; "to read in the stars the events of the future-to transform into gold the metals inferior-to discover the composition of that Elixir who, by himself, would perpetuate life, was in past ages the aim and aspiration of the natural philosopher.
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So Mam'selle Rosalie wiped away her tears, and Madame Desjardins smoothed her ruffled feathers, and Monsieur Philomene warbled a plaintive little ditty in which "_coeur_" rhymed to "_peur_" and "_amours_" to "_toujours_" and "_le sort_" to "_la mort_" in quite the usual way; so giving great satisfaction to all present, but most, perhaps, to himself.
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The fiddle screams Plaintive and piteous, as it wept and wailed Its wasted tones and harmony unheard; Fierce the dispute, whate'er the theme; while she, Fell Discord, arbitress of such debate, Perched on the sign-post, holds with even hand Her undecisive scales.
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In such a palace Aristaeus found Cyrene, when he bore the plaintive tale Of his lost bees to her maternal ear.
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Examples of Plaintive

Example #1
As he stood watching, he was conscious of people approaching.
Example #2
The East was calling him.
Example #3
A caravan of camels hunched alone in the middle distance, making for the western desert.
Example #4
Achmet threw dice once more.
Example #5
She begged Cassandra to play to her, and when they went upstairs Cassandra opened the piano directly, and did her best to create an atmosphere of unmixed beauty.
Example #6
At any rate, she had shut up "The Duchess of Malfi" with a sigh, and wished to know, so she told Rodney at dinner, whether there wasn't some young writer with a touch of the great spirit-somebody who made you believe that life was BEAUTIFUL?