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 for plaintive
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Plaintive \Plain"tive\, a. [F. plaintif. See Plaintiff, n.]
     1. Repining; complaining; lamenting. --Dryden.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. Expressive of sorrow or melancholy; mournful; sad. "The
        most plaintive ditty." --Landor.
        [1913 Webster] -- Plain"tive*ly, adv. --
        Plain"tive*ness, n.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  plaintive
      adj 1: expressing sorrow [syn: mournful, plaintive]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  44 Moby Thesaurus words for "plaintive":
     Jeremianic, aggrieved, anguished, careworn, complaining, doleful,
     dolorous, dumb with grief, faultfinding, fretful, grief-stricken,
     griefful, grieved, grievous, howling, in grief, lamentable,
     lamenting, lamentive, lugubrious, moanful, mournful, peevish,
     petulant, piteous, pitiful, plangent, plunged in grief, puling,
     querulous, rueful, sad, saddening, sorrowed, sorrowful, sorrowing,
     tearful, ululant, wailful, wailing, whimpering, whining, whiny,
     woeful
  
  

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