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plaintive
used in The House of the Seven Gables

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Definition
expressing sadness — sometimes with a plea for help
  • Her tone, as she uttered the exclamation, had a plaintive and really exquisite melody thrilling through it, yet without subduing a certain something which an obtuse auditor might still have mistaken for asperity.
    Chapter 7 — The Guest (53% in)

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