adjective griev·ous \ˈgrē-vəs\

: causing great sadness, suffering, or pain : very serious or severe

Full Definition of GRIEVOUS

:  causing or characterized by severe pain, suffering, or sorrow <a grievous wound> <a grievous loss>
:  oppressive, onerous <grievous costs of war>
:  serious, grave <grievous fault>
griev·ous·ly adverb
griev·ous·ness noun

Examples of GRIEVOUS

  1. the grievous cost of war
  2. He took a foolish financial risk and suffered a grievous loss.

First Known Use of GRIEVOUS

13th century

Rhymes with GRIEVOUS


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