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plaintive
used in War and Peace

5 uses
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Definition
expressing sadness — sometimes with a plea for help
  • And before Rostov had time to make out what the black thing was that had suddenly appeared in the fog, there was a flash, followed by a report, and a bullet whizzing high up in the mist with a plaintive sound passed out of hearing.
    Book Three — 1805 (72% in)
  • From the tents came now loud angry cries and now plaintive groans.
    Book Ten — 1812 (94% in)
  • But after the exclamation of surprise that had escaped from Vereshchagin he uttered a plaintive cry of pain, and that cry was fatal.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (63% in)
  • The plaintive moan of reproach was drowned by the threatening and angry roar of the crowd.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (63% in)
  • Ramballe put his arms around their necks while they carried him and began wailing plaintively: "Oh, you fine fellows, my kind, kind friends!
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (15% in)

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