Jeremiad

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Definition: a prolonged lamentation or complaint, also a cautionary speech.

Pronunciation: jer-E-mi-ad

Origin:

The noun jeremiad originates directly from the French jeremiade, which, in turn, references the “Lamentations of Jeremiah” in Old Testament. The word was first introduced to the English language in 1762.

Why this word?

The Book of Lamentations is a poetic book of the Hebrew Bible, mourning the destruction of Jerusalem and the holy temple in the 6th century BC. In Hebrew, the book is called “Eikhah”, literally meaning “how” and representing the Jews’ inability to understand, to encompass, the enormity of the disaster. According to both Jewish and Christian traditions, the book was written by the prophet Jeremiah who ministered the Word of God during Nebuchadnezzar’s conquest of Jerusalem, hence the noun now in discussion.

When I hear the word jeremiad, I imagine a vocalization, or any ither sort of representation, to grief and agony so unfathomable, I can hardly breathe (but that is only if I really stop to think about it)…

On top of it, this word was offered to us by Corey O, thank you again Corey 🙂

This is a great word to have, and a great synonym to any long or even endless list of complaints and woes you encounter. If you ask me, I love using it sarcastically,

How to use the word isangelous in a sentence?

“I had to sit and listen to her life’s jeremiad for the entire evening! It was terrible, mainly because her life is really not that bad…”

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Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for UnusedWords.com. Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.

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