Difference between complaint and querulous




  1. (formerly) a loud cry (or repeated cries) of pain or rage or sorrow
  2. an expression of grievance or resentment
  3. (criminal law) a pleading describing some wrong or offense
  4. (civil law) the first pleading of the plaintiff setting out the facts on which the claim for relief is based
  5. an often persistent bodily disorder or disease; a cause for complaining


His wife shopped him to me with a bitter complaint about his clothes bill.

Handling complaints well can turn a dissatisfied customer into a loyal one.

The company has been sitting on my letter for weeks without dealing with my complaint.

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  1. habitually complaining


The trembling, querulous voice should have been enough to shatter the ceremonious moment, but, somehow, it was not.

The female examiner had a querulous voice, which broke off in the middle of sentences, as if she were too shocked to continue.

And then there is the feeling that that kind of semi-poverty, which has in itself something of the pleasantness of independence, when it is borne by a man alone, entails the miseries of a draggle-tailed and querulous existence when it is imposed on a woman who has in her own home enjoyed the comforts of affluence.

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