Plangent Plan"gent, a. [L. plangens, -entis, fr. plangere to beat. See {Plaint}.] Beating; dashing, as a wave. [R.] ``The plangent wave.'' --H. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

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  • plangent — (adj.) beating with a loud sound, 1822, from L. plangens (gen. plangentis), prp. of plangere to strike, beat (see PLAGUE (Cf. plague)). Related: Plangently …   Etymology dictionary

  • plangent — ► ADJECTIVE chiefly literary ▪ (of a sound) loud and resonant, with a mournful tone. DERIVATIVES plangency noun plangently adverb. ORIGIN from Latin plangere to lament …   English terms dictionary

  • plangent — [plan′jənt] adj. [L plangens, prp. of plangere, to beat: see PLAINT] 1. beating with a loud or deep sound, as breaking waves, etc. 2. loud or resonant, and, often, mournful sounding plangency [plan′jən sē] n. plangently adv …   English World dictionary

  • plangent — adjective Etymology: Latin plangent , plangens, present participle of plangere to strike, lament more at plaint Date: 1858 1. having a loud reverberating sound < a plangent roar > 2. having an expressive and especially plaintive quality …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • plangent — plan|gent [ˈplændʒənt] adj [usually before noun] literary [Date: 1800 1900; : Latin; Origin: , present participle of plangere; PLAINT] a plangent sound is loud and deep and sounds sad ▪ the plangent sound of the violin >plangently adv… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • plangent — [[t]plæ̱nʤ(ə)nt[/t]] ADJ GRADED A plangent sound is a deep, loud sound, which may be sad. [LITERARY] ...plangent violins supported by soft chords on viols …   English dictionary

  • plangent — adjective loud and resounding plangent bells the plangent minority • Similar to: ↑full • Derivationally related forms: ↑plangency …   Useful english dictionary

  • plangent — plangency, n. plangently, adv. /plan jeuhnt/, adj. resounding loudly, esp. with a plaintive sound, as a bell. [1815 25; < L plangent (s. of plangens), prp. of plangere to beat, lament. See PLAIN2, ENT] * * * …   Universalium

  • plangent — adjective having a loud, mournful sound Since mid day their plangent, disquieting cries had foretold its approach. See Also: plangency …   Wiktionary

  • plangent — plan|gent [ plændʒənt ] adjective LITERARY a plangent sound is deep, low, and sad ╾ plan|gent|ly adverb …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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