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gravamen

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noun gra·va·men \grə-ˈvā-mən\

Definition of gravamen

plural gra·va·mens or gra·vam·i·naplay \-ˈva-mə-nə\

  1. :  the material or significant part of a grievance or complaint



Origin of gravamen

Late Latin, burden, from Latin gravare to burden, from gravis


First Known Use: 1602

Rhymes with gravamen


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  1. Spanish Central: Translation of "gravamen"


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