Usage examples for plaintiveness

  1. Now her hair was gray, her face had lines, but she did not look accustomed to them; there was plaintiveness in her expression, as if she had been a young girl, really, made up for an elderly part in theatricals, and did not like her part. – Aurora the Magnificent by Gertrude Hall
  2. The special character of the mouth was hidden by a fine black moustache, but his prevailing expression varied between irritability and a kind of plaintiveness – Marcella by Mrs. Humphry Ward