keen mental suffering or distress over affliction or loss; sharp sorrow; painful regret.
a cause or occasion of keen distress or sorrow.
come to grief, to suffer disappointment, misfortune, or other trouble; fail: Their marriage came to grief after only two years.
good grief, (used as an exclamation of dismay, surprise, or relief): Good grief, it's started to rain again!

1175–1225; Middle English gref, grief < Anglo-French gref; see grieve

griefless, adjective
grieflessness, noun

1. anguish, heartache, woe, misery; sadness, melancholy, moroseness. See sorrow.

1. joy. Unabridged
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grief (ɡriːf)
1.  deep or intense sorrow or distress, esp at the death of someone
2.  something that causes keen distress or suffering
3.  informal trouble or annoyance: people were giving me grief for leaving ten minutes early
4.  informal come to grief to end unsuccessfully or disastrously
5.  tune someone grief See tune
[C13: from Anglo-French gref, from grever to grieve1]

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., "hardship, suffering," from O.Fr. grief "wrong, grievance," from grever "afflict, burden, oppress," from L. gravare "to cause grief, make heavy," from gravis "weighty" (see grave (adj.)). Meaning "mental pain, sorrow" is from c.1300.
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Medical Dictionary

grief (grēf)
Deep mental anguish, as that arising from bereavement.

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Idioms & Phrases


see come to grief; good grief.

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Example sentences
Most of the time, schizophrenia causes great grief and suffering for the
  patients and their families.
When a loved one departs, the first stage of grief is denial.
We all are very saddened by his loss and wish him and his family stability and
  support in this time of unimaginable grief.
Dealing with feelings on one's own after a community-wide traumatic event may
  be better than formal grief counseling.
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