plangent

1. loud and resounding (as in plangent bells) 2. expressing or suggesting sadness; plaintive


This word comes from “The Ethicist” column in the New York Times Magazine: “On a personal note, I am delighted to learn that there actually are left-wing Democrats. Perhaps they’re like ivory-billed woodpeckers: just when you think they’re extinct, you hear their plangent cry.”

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