Difference between complaint and querulous
- (formerly) a loud cry (or repeated cries) of pain or rage or sorrow
- an expression of grievance or resentment
- (criminal law) a pleading describing some wrong or offense
- (civil law) the first pleading of the plaintiff setting out the facts on which the claim for relief is based
- 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.
- 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.