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grievous

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adjective griev·ous \ˈgrē-vəs\

Simple Definition of grievous

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

Full Definition of grievous

  1. 1 :  causing or characterized by severe pain, suffering, or sorrow <a grievous wound> <a grievous loss>

  2. 2 :  oppressive, onerous <grievous costs of war>

  3. 3 :  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.



13th Century

First Known Use of grievous

13th century

Rhymes with grievous



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