plaintiveness :

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  • n  expressing sorrowfulness

  • Not so much Syesha's rendition of this Sam Cooke classic, which ditches the plaintiveness of the original and turns it into a standard-issue diva number.
  • For all its studied plaintiveness, its "real feel," commercial country carries the undertones of car-horn aggressiveness and jackhammer ambition.
  • But there was almost a plaintiveness in his voice as he reassured a local group that they need not suffer a pork-free diet: "Don't be fearful that the world will come to an end if .

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