If a kid who's away at summer camp mails his parents a jeremiad, it means that he sends them a long, sad list of complaints.
- Pronunciation: / ,dʒɛrɪ'maɪæd/
- English description: a long and mournful complaint
- Synonyms: complaint
- Chinese Translation: 哀诉(ai1 su4)
- Spanish Translation: la jeremiada
- ORIGIN: Use the noun jeremiad to talk about any list of woes, especially a lengthy, mournful one. Many letters to the editors of newspapers and comments on websites are jeremiads, and someone addressing a city council or school board might make a verbal jeremiad — speaking for a long time about their many grievances. The word jeremiad was coined in 1700s France, as jérémiade, and it was a reference to the Old Testament's "Lamentations of Jeremiah.”
- His speeches, often appearing to be delivered completely off-the-cuff, would crescendo wildly into loud, short jeremiads expressing indignation at whatever wrongs the rally was addressing.
- His jeremiads about campaign-finance overhaul and climate change inspired cheers and ovations.
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