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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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  • So within a while both had grimly wounds, and bled grievously.
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  • But for centuries it has been grievously mispronounced by everyone who is not anyone.
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British Dictionary definitions for grievously

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 grievously
adv.

mid-14c., from grievous + -ly (2).

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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