Definition of grief
- his grief over his son's death
- life's joys and griefs
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.
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: deep sadness caused especially by someone's death
: a cause of deep sadness
: trouble or annoyance
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