1. [ noun ] (medicine) an often persistent bodily disorder or disease; a cause for complaining
Synonyms: ailment ill
Related terms: disorder pip motion_sickness afflict
2. [ noun ] (law) a formal accusation against somebody (often in a court of law)
Synonyms: allegation

"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
Synonyms: charge

"he was arrested on a charge of larceny"

Related terms: pleading accusation indictment criminal_law charge charge
Similar spelling:   complain