noun griev·ance \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

Full Definition of GRIEVANCE

obsolete :  suffering, distress
:  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

  1. He has a deep sense of grievance against his former employer.
  2. She has been nursing a grievance all week.
  3. In the petition, the students listed their many grievances against the university administration.
  4. Several customers came to the front desk to air their grievances.

First Known Use of GRIEVANCE

14th century

Synonym Discussion of GRIEVANCE

injustice, injury, wrong, grievance mean an act that inflicts undeserved hurt. injustice applies to any act that involves unfairness to another or violation of one's rights <the injustices suffered by the lower classes>. injury applies in law specifically to an injustice for which one may sue to recover compensation <libel constitutes a legal injury>. wrong applies also in law to any act punishable according to the criminal code; it may apply more generally to any flagrant injustice <determined to right society's wrongs>. grievance applies to a circumstance or condition that constitutes an injustice to the sufferer and gives just ground for complaint <a list of employee grievances>.

Other Business Terms

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GRIEVANCE Defined for Kids


noun griev·ance \ˈgrē-vəns\

Definition of GRIEVANCE for Kids

:  a reason for complaining


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