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grievous

[gree-vuh s] /ˈgri vəs/
adjective
1.
causing grief or great sorrow:
grievous news.
2.
flagrant; outrageous; atrocious:
a grievous offense against morality.
3.
full of or expressing grief; sorrowful:
a grievous cry.
4.
burdensome or oppressive.
5.
causing great pain or suffering:
arrested for causing grievous bodily harm to someone in a bar.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English grevous < Old French grevo(u)s. See grieve, -ous
Related forms
grievously, adverb
grievousness, noun
nongrievous, adjective
nongrievously, adverb
nongrievousness, noun
overgrievous, adjective
overgrievously, adverb
overgrievousness, noun
Synonyms
1. distressing, sad, sorrowful, painful. 2. deplorable, lamentable, calamitous, heinous, flagitious, dreadful, shameful, iniquitous.
Antonyms
1. delightful.
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Examples from the web for grievous
  • The town's women enter a particularly grievous widowhood.
  • This is a grievous, self-inflicted wound.
  • There is clearly enough indication that it can cause grievous harm, not only to humans, but to the entire ecosystem.
  • The members knew that grievous wounds had been opened by the war, and it would take much time for them to heal.
  • We extend our profound sympathy to his family at their grievous loss.
  • Tuesday was a moment to look back and acknowledge our grievous losses.
  • He was appalled to find his country, largely through his own grievous miscalculations, at war with Britain.
  • The people know that a grievous injustice has been committed.
  • Orchestras have grievous problems involving repertory, audience and mission.
  • It would be a grievous error to miss this opportunity.
British Dictionary definitions for grievous

grievous

/ˈɡriːvəs/
adjective
1.
very severe or painful: a grievous injury
2.
very serious; heinous: a grievous sin
3.
showing or marked by grief: a grievous cry
4.
causing great pain or suffering: a grievous attack
Derived Forms
grievously, adverb
grievousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for grievous
adj.

c.1300, from Anglo-French grevous (Old French grevos) "heavy, hard, toilsome," from grief (see grief). Legal term grievous bodily harm attested from 1803.

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