jeremiad definition

  • noun:
    • A literary work or message articulating a bitter lament or a righteous prophecy of doom.
    • a lengthy speech or prose work that bitterly laments their state of culture and its own morals, and frequently contains a prophecy of their coming downfall.
    • an account of sadness, disappointment, or problem; a doleful story; a dolorous tirade; -- typically made use of satirically.
    • Lamentation; an utterance of grief or sadness; a complaining tirade: used in combination with a spice of ridicule or mockery, implying either that grief is unnecessarily great, or that the utterance from it is tediously drawn-out and attended with a particular pleasure into utterer.
    • a long and mournful grievance

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