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Court ruled that the plaintiff had suffered from illegal discrimination.
  a person who brings a legal action against another in a court of law
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plaintiff plaintiffs
Strongly Associated with:   defendant
Standard suffix:  Note that "ize" turns plagiarism into a verb
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  • Court ruled that the plaintiff had suffered from illegal discrimination.
  • In a landmark ruling, New York Times v. Sullivan changed the standard for defamation and libel by requiring plaintiffs to prove malice—that is, evidence of actual knowledge on the part of the publisher that a statement is false.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • A moment later, Judge Judy was speaking over both the defendant and the plaintiff, just to get them to shut up, which seemed to be the predictable, recurring theme of the show.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • And always plaintiff, too.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible

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  • "You admit attacking the plaintiff?" he asked.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • You will testify for the plaintiff, of course?
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • He called himself for the plaintiff, there was no getting over his evidence, the counsel for the defendant threw up his brief, and the jury did not even turn to consider.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • In a statement so filled with grammatical errors it’s difficult to understand, Cofield called this an "obvious fraud and conspiracy" and claimed that his lawsuit would "ultimately lead to the ends of justice for only Mrs. Henrietta Lacks, and now the plaintiff who has become the victim of a small, but big time fraud."
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • In its brief, the orchestra argued, "The plaintiff does not possess the necessary physical strength to be a leader of the trombone section."
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • He’s eating the plaintiff, he’s eating the suits, he eats, he chews, he crams, he fills himself.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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  • Come, bring away the plaintiffs: by this time our sexton hath reformed Signior Leonato of the matter.
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • Ultimately the defendants (the crew of another ship) came up with the whale, struck, killed, seized, and finally appropriated it before the very eyes of the plaintiffs.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • The three plaintiffs in this case I’d like to see here in my chambers after dinner.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • Pr’ythee, be content: This practice hath most shrewdly pass’d upon thee: But, when we know the grounds and authors of it, Thou shalt be both the plaintiff and the judge Of thine own cause.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • Observing this, and how, without another word, he made off, and observing too the resignation of the plaintiff, Sancho buried his head in his bosom and remained for a short space in deep thought, with the forefinger of his right hand on his brow and nose; then he raised his head and bade them call back the old man with the stick, for he had already taken his departure.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • She was an aeronautical engineer, who traveled widely as an expert witness for law firms, plaintiff attorneys only.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • Wakem’s conscience was not uneasy because he had used a few tricks against the miller; why should he hate that unsuccessful plaintiff, that pitiable, furious bull entangled in the meshes of a net?
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Beneath it she read the words: "The Hon. Mrs Brand, plaintiff in the remarkable divorce case reported on p. 8."
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • The little plaintiff or defendant who was promised a new rocking-horse when Jarndyce and Jarndyce should be settled has grown up, possessed himself of a real horse, and trotted away into the other world.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • In this case, therefore, I conceive the plaintiff must be non-suited; and I should disadvise the bringing any such action.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • The only party present in support of Shay—and my first witness—was Father Michael, seated just behind the plaintiff’s table.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • In the cage we rose and dropped, rubbing elbows with bigshots and operators, commissioners, grabbers, heelers, tipsters, hoodlums, wolves, fixers, plaintiffs, flatfeet, men in Western hats and women in lizard shoes and fur coats, hothouse and arctic drafts mixed up, brute things and airs of sex, evidence of heavy feeding and systematic shaving, of calculations, grief, not-caring, and hopes of tremendous millions in concrete to be poured or whole Mississippis of bootleg whisky and beer.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • The defendant was Gregory Madison, the plaintiff the People of the State of New York.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • They made her the lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit seeking to legalize abortion.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • He removed the final /f/ from /bailiff/, /mastiff/, /plaintiff/ and /pontiff/, but left it in /distaff/.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • It was pure plaintiff-attorney paradise and it felt odd to Robert to be looking at it from the other end.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
  • If this was not true, the judicial authority of the Union could be avoided by every plaintiff or prosecutor.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • The blind croupier produced a plaintiff who suddenly appeared and sued the bright young attorney for barratry.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • Then let’s have the plaintiff’s allegations.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • As counsel for Field, the plaintiff, Adams felt confident in his understanding of the principles of law involved, but worried that the writ he prepared was "unclerklike" and thus he would fail.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • But if a legal formality be required, which, however advantageous to the community, is of small importance to individuals, plaintiffs may be less easily found; and thus, by a tacit agreement, the laws may fall into disuse.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • Either this must be the case, or the local courts must be excluded from a concurrent jurisdiction in matters of national concern, else the judiciary authority of the Union may be eluded at the pleasure of every plaintiff or prosecutor.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • The plaintiff, who had been beaten,—an obese chocolate-coloured man with shaved head, one fat breast bare and a bright yellow caste-mark above the bridge of his nose,—sat in pompous immobility: only his eyes glittered, rolling in the gloom, and the nostrils dilated and collapsed violently as he breathed.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • According to the plaintiffs in the case, ConAgra’s price-fixing scheme gouged independent wholesalers, small retailers, and consumers.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • …take the advantage, and carry it away from them both;" which my master would needs contend to have some kind of resemblance with our suits at law; wherein I thought it for our credit not to undeceive him; since the decision he mentioned was much more equitable than many decrees among us; because the plaintiff and defendant there lost nothing beside the stone they contended for: whereas our courts of equity would never have dismissed the cause, while either of them had any thing left.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • "If don’t seem regular to me," he said, "to have the plaintiff acting as defense attorney.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Red Prophet
  • William Raspberry of the Washington Post approvingly quoted one of the plaintiff lawyers: "When a 5-year-old has his language system treated as inferior from his first day of school, the resulting psychological damage is inevitable.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • ’My daughter’s case, sir,’ said he, ’at the time when, in vindication of her outraged feelings and her sex, she became the plaintiff in Rugg and Bawkins.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • It may readily be imagined that in such a case it might happen that no one cared to prosecute; hence the law adds that all the citizens may indict offences of this kind, and that half of the fine shall belong to the plaintiff.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • I will testify for the plaintiff.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • He turned to the plaintiff, inquiring, "Is there any truth in this story, Mr. Connor?"
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • "Was you coached by the plaintiff?" inquired Bellagrog.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • The plaintiff’s attorney immediately objected while the crowd burst into excited chatter.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • Ellsworth Monkton Toohey was the first witness called by the plaintiff.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • In the next two days a succession of witnesses testified for the plaintiff.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • On the fourth day of the trial the plaintiff’s attorney called his last witness.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • The attorney bowed to the bench and said: "The plaintiff rests."
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • From the plaintiff’s table, Jesper Rasmussen was eyeing the absurd thing, but quickly looked away, once the haglings had taken notice and returned his stare from behind their leather muzzles.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • At a 1997 restaurant industry "summit" on violence, executives representing the major chains argued that OSHA guidelines could be used by plaintiffs in lawsuits stemming from a crime, that guidelines were completely unnecessary, and that there was no need to supply the government with "potentially damaging" robbery statistics.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • Plornish, having been made acquainted with the cause of action from the Defendant’s own mouth, gave Arthur to understand that the Plaintiff was a ’Chaunter’—meaning, not a singer of anthems, but a seller of horses—and that he (Plornish) considered that ten shillings in the pound ’would settle handsome,’ and that more would be a waste of money.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
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