|1.||[ noun ] (medicine) an often persistent bodily disorder or disease; a cause for complaining|
|Related terms:||disorder pip motion_sickness afflict|
|2.||[ noun ] (law) a formal accusation against somebody (often in a court of law)|
"an allegation of malpractice"
|Related terms:||accusation grievance lodgment plaint law|
|3.||[ noun ] (formerly) a loud cry (or repeated cries) of pain or rage or sorrow|
|Related terms:||cry lament exclamation|
|4.||[ noun ] an expression of grievance or resentment|
|Related terms:||objection grumble grievance jeremiad whimper kvetch pet_peeve complain|
|5.||[ noun ] (civil law) the first pleading of the plaintiff setting out the facts on which the claim for relief is based|
|Related terms:||pleading libel civil_law|
|6.||[ noun ] (criminal law) a pleading describing some wrong or offense|
"he was arrested on a charge of larceny"
|Related terms:||pleading accusation indictment criminal_law charge charge|