Threnetic

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary

Threnet’ic, a. complaining; expressing sorrow.

Word in the Wild: Tanis left her office to investigate the threnetic keening coming from the kitchenette. She found Priya desolate—it turned out that her trusty 1987 Nissan had died earlier that morning and now, to top it off, the coffeepot was completely empty. If only Nissans and coffee had been covered by the company’s bereavement leave.

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