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Synonyms for complainkəmˈpleɪn

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. complain, kick, plain, sound off, quetch, kvetch(verb)

    express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness

    "My mother complains all day"; "She has a lot to kick about"

    recoil, plain, kvetch, quetch, give up, kick, strike up, kick back, animadvert, complain, speak out, sound off, opine, speak up

    chirk up, cheer up, cheer

  2. complain(verb)

    make a formal accusation; bring a formal charge

    "The plaintiff's lawyer complained that he defendant had physically abused his client"

    kick, kvetch, plain, sound off, quetch

    cheer, chirk up, cheer up


  1. complain(verb)

    gripe, beef, grumble, grump, kvetch, whinge, grouse, moan, whine, bitch

  2. complain(verb)

    To express feelings of pain, dissatisfaction, or resentment.

    whine, grouse, gripe, beef, moan, bitch, whinge, grumble, grump, kvetch

  3. complain(verb)

    To make a formal accusation or bring a formal charge.

    grump, grouse, bitch, beef, moan, whine, gripe, whinge, grumble, kvetch

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. complain

    To complain is to give utterance to dissatisfaction or objection, express a sense of wrong or ill treatment. One complains of a real or assumed grievance; he may murmur through mere peevishness or ill temper; he repines, with vain distress, at the irrevocable or the inevitable. Complaining is by speech or writing; murmuring is commonly said of half-repressed utterance; repining of the mental act alone. One may complain of an offense to the offender or to others; he remonstrates with the offender only. Complain has a formal and legal meaning, which the other words have not, signifying to make a formal accusation, present a specific charge; the same is true of the noun complaint.

    croak, find fault, growl, grumble, grunt, murmur, remonstrate, repine

    applaud, approve, commend, eulogize, laud, praise

    Complain of a thing to a person; of one person to another, of or against a person for an act; to an officer; before the court; about a thing.

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. complain(v. n.)

    murmur, lament, bewail, grumble, croak, find fault

PPDB, the paraphrase database

List of paraphrases:

complaint, bemoan, moan, protest

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