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Things plaintive often describes (“plaintive ________”)
voice, cry, note, tone, cries, song, notes, melody, sound, wail, tones, call, music, songs, air, strains, strain, voices, sounds, appeal, whistle, letter, question, tune, words, moan, melodies, whine, numbers, murmur, expression, plea, anthem, airs, sigh, quality, eyes, look, accents, ballad, lament, calls, chant, character, manner, ditty, letters, appeals, howl, theme, smile, wailing, tale, sweetness, key, refrain, face, bleat, request, query, cadence, protest, mood, style, verses, bleating, singing, tunes, story, melancholy, sadness, noise, tenderness, soul, pleas, dirge, mew, prayer, chords, cooing, elegy, comment, lay, hymn, whisper, reply, pipe, message, meow, inquiry

How plaintive often is described (“________ plaintive”)
little, such, aimless, dead, last, sad

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See plaintive used in context: 1 poetry verse, 5 definitions

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