noun, plural gravamina [gruh-vam-uh-nuh] . Law.
the part of an accusation that weighs most heavily against the accused; the substantial part of a charge or complaint.
a grievance.

1595–1605; < Late Latin: trouble, physical inconvenience, equivalent to Latin gravā(re) to load, weigh down (derivative of gravis heavy, burdened) + -men noun suffix Unabridged
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gravamen (ɡrəˈveɪmɛn)
n , pl -vamina
1.  law that part of an accusation weighing most heavily against an accused
2.  law the substance or material grounds of a complaint
3.  a rare word for grievance
[C17: from Late Latin: trouble, from Latin gravāre to load, from gravis heavy; see grave²]

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"grievance," 1647, from L.L. gravamen "trouble, physical inconvenience," from gravare "to burden, aggravate," from gravis "heavy" (see grave (adj.)).
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