griev·ance noun \ˈgrē-vən(t)s\
: a feeling of having been treated unfairly
: a reason for complaining or being unhappy with a situation
: a statement in which you say you are unhappy or not satisfied with something
: a cause of distress (as an unsatisfactory working condition) felt to afford reason for complaint or resistance
: the formal expression of a grievance : complaint
Examples of GRIEVANCE
- He has a deep sense of grievance against his former employer.
- She has been nursing a grievance all week.
- In the petition, the students listed their many grievances against the university administration.
- Several customers came to the front desk to air their grievances.
First Known Use of GRIEVANCE
Learn More About GRIEVANCE
Seen & Heard
What made you want to look up grievance? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).