Definition of grief
1 obsolete : grievance 3
2a : deep and poignant distress caused by or as if by bereavement his grief over his son's deathb : a cause of such suffering life's joys and griefs
3a : an unfortunate outcome : disaster —used chiefly in the phrase come to griefb : mishap, misadventurec : trouble, annoyance enough grief for one dayd : annoying or playful criticism getting grief from his friends
Examples of grief in a Sentence
He has been unable to recover from his grief at his son's death.
She was overcome with grief.
the joys and griefs of our lives
I've had enough grief for one day.
Trying to fix the computer isn't worth the grief.
He's taken a lot of grief from his friends.
His friends have been giving him a lot of grief.
Recent Examples of grief from the Web
Meanwhile, Majora’s Mask delved into loss and grief as ancillary characters come to terms with their deaths in light of a looming natural disaster.
There were no prepared remarks or carefully recited poems at a Friday night (June 30) vigil on Chef Menteur Highway -- just the deep wails and sobs of raw grief at the loss of a 2-year-old girl described by family as a happy, energetic child.
Some of them have been even been publicly reported on, causing momentary grief for the perpetrators, who hid for a few months and later emerged with new jobs.
Bennett said the foundation's mission is to provide financial support, grief counseling, scholarships and other help to individuals and families affected by gun violence and police violence.
From my point of view, this work is nothing more than the quintessence of the world’s grief, the composer’s requiem for himself.
Central On Stage presents this rollicking journey of innocence and revelation, loneliness and belonging, loyalty and betrayal, grief and joy.
The horrific slaying of the South Lakes High School student reverberated beyond Virginia on Monday, as social media lit up with anger and grief, politicians expressed condolences and groups of various faiths condemned the violence.
An ongoing grief support group is being held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays at the First Congregational Church, 695 Hartford Turnpike.
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Synonym Discussion of grief
GRIEF Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of grief for English Language Learners
: deep sadness caused especially by someone's death
: a cause of deep sadness
: trouble or annoyance
GRIEF Defined for Kids
Definition of grief for Students
1 : very deep sorrow
2 : a cause of sorrow The dog was nothing but grief to its owner.
3 : things that cause problems I've had enough grief for one day.
4 : an unfortunate happening The boat came to grief on the rocks.
Medical Definition of grief
: deep and poignant emotional distress caused by or as if by bereavement Although, there is no consensus on the defining features that would distinguish normal and pathological grief, it is generally accepted that grief becomes pathological when the reactions are excessive, prolonged, or unresolved.—Jaye Wald and Rosemarie Alvaro, The Journal of Rehabilitation, 1 Oct. 2004; also : a cause of such suffering
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