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.
Origin and Etymology of grief
Middle English gref, from Anglo-French gref, grief injustice, calamity, from gref, adjective heavy, grievous, from Vulgar Latin *grevis, alteration of Latin gravis —see grieve
First Known Use: 15th century
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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