jeremiad (n.) 1780, from Fr. jérémiade (1762), in reference to "Lamentations of Jeremiah" in Old Testament.

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  • Jeremiad — Jer e*mi ad, Jeremiade Jer e*mi ade, n. [From Jeremiah, the prophet: cf. F. j[ e]r[ e]miade.] A tale of sorrow, disappointment, or complaint; a doleful story; a dolorous tirade; generally used satirically. [1913 Webster] He has prolonged his… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • jeremiad — *tirade, diatribe, philippic …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • jeremiad — ► NOUN ▪ a long, mournful complaint or lamentation; a list of woes. ORIGIN French jérémiade, with reference to the Lamentations of Jeremiah in the Old Testament …   English terms dictionary

  • jeremiad — [jer΄ə mī′ad΄, jer΄ə mī′əd] n. [Fr jérémiade < Jérémie, Jeremiah: see JEREMIAH] 1. a long lamentation or complaint: in allusion to the Lamentations of Jeremiah 2. a long, scolding speech, sermon, etc. expressing disapproval or warning of… …   English World dictionary

  • Jeremiad — A Jeremiad is a long literary work, usually in prose, but sometimes in poetry, in which the author bitterly laments the state of society and its morals in a serious tone of sustained invective, and always contains a prophecy of society s imminent …   Wikipedia

  • jeremiad — I. n.; (also jeremiad) [Term of ridicule.] Tale of sorrow, lamentation, lament, doleful story. II. n. See jeremiad …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • jeremiad — UK [ˌdʒerəˈmaɪəd] / US noun [countable] Word forms jeremiad : singular jeremiad plural jeremiads literary a long sad complaint or list of things that have gone wrong …   English dictionary

  • jeremiad — noun /ˌdʒɛr.əˈmaɪ.əd/ A long speech or prose work that bitterly laments the state of society and its morals, and often contains a prophecy of its coming downfall. Father Maguire, he said in the broadest of Cork brogues, without the ghost of a… …   Wiktionary

  • jeremiad — noun Etymology: French jérémiade, from Jérémie Jeremiah, from Late Latin Jeremias Date: 1780 a prolonged lamentation or complaint; also a cautionary or angry harangue …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • jeremiad — /jer euh muy euhd, ad/, n. a prolonged lamentation or mournful complaint. [1770 80; JEREMI(AH) + AD, in reference to Jeremiah s Lamentations] * * * …   Universalium

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