grievous

[gree-vuhs]
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; Middle English grevous < Old French grevo(u)s. See grieve, -ous

grievously, adverb
grievousness, noun
nongrievous, adjective
nongrievously, adverb
nongrievousness, noun
overgrievous, adjective
overgrievously, adverb
overgrievousness, noun


1. distressing, sad, sorrowful, painful. 2. deplorable, lamentable, calamitous, heinous, flagitious, dreadful, shameful, iniquitous.


1. delightful.
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grievous (ˈɡriːvəs)
 
adj
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
 
'grievously
 
adv
 
'grievousness
 
n

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grievous
late 13c., from Anglo-Fr. grevous, O.Fr. grevas, from grief "grief" (see grief).
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Example sentences
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.
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