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Complain Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    complain v
  1. express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness; "My mother complains all day"; "She has a lot to kick about" [syn: kick, plain, sound off, quetch, kvetch] [ant: cheer]
  2. make a formal accusation; bring a formal charge; "The plaintiff's lawyer complained that he defendant had physically abused his client"
Complain Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Complain \Com*plain"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Complained; p. pr. & vb. n. Complaining.] [F. complaindre, LL. complangere; com- + L. plangere to strike, beat, to beat the breast or head as a sign of grief, to lament. See Plaint.]
  1. To give utterance to expression of grief, pain, censure, regret. etc.; to lament; to murmur; to find fault; -- commonly used with of. Also, to creak or squeak, as a timber or wheel. O loss of sight, of thee I most complain! --Milton.
  2. To make a formal accusation; to make a charge. Now, Master Shallow, you'll complain of me to the king? --Shak. Syn: To repine; grumble; deplore; bewail; grieve; mourn; regret; murmur.
Complain Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Complain \Com*plain"\, v. t. To lament; to bewail. [Obs.] They might the grievance inwardly complain. --Daniel. By chaste Lucrece's soul that late complain'd Her wrongs to us. --Shak.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Complain'

A complaint, in legal terminology, is a formal legal document that sets out the facts and legal reasons (see: cause of action) that the filing party or parties (the plaintiff(s)) believes are sufficient to support a claim against the party or parties against whom the claim is brought (the defendant(s)) that entitles the plaintiff(s) to a remedy (either money damages or injunctive relief). For example, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure that govern civil litigation in United States courts provide that a civil action is commenced with the filing or service of a pleading called a complaint. Civil court rules in states that have incorporated the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure use the same term for the same pleading.

In some jurisdictions, specific types of criminal cases may also be commenced by the filing of a complaint, also sometimes called a criminal complaint or felony complaint. All criminal cases are prosecuted in the name of the governmental authority that promulgates criminal statutes and enforces the police power of the state with the goal of seeking criminal sanctions, such as the State (also sometimes called the People) or Crown (in Commonwealth realms). In the United States, the complaint is often associated with misdemeanor criminal charges presented by the prosecutor without the grand jury process. In most U.S. jurisdictions, the charging instrument presented to and authorized by a grand jury is referred to as an indictment.

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* Never complain and never explain. - Benjamin Disraeli

* Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do. - Dale Carnegie

* Many complain of their memory, few of their judgment. - Benjamin Franklin

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