grief

noun
\ ˈgrēf How to pronounce grief (audio) \

Definition of grief

1 obsolete : grievance sense 3
2a : deep and poignant distress caused by or as if by bereavement his grief over his son's death
b : a cause of such suffering life's joys and griefs
3a : an unfortunate outcome : disaster used chiefly in the phrase come to grief
c : trouble, annoyance enough grief for one day
d : annoying or playful criticism getting grief from his friends

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Choose the Right Synonym for grief

sorrow, grief, anguish, woe, regret mean distress of mind. sorrow implies a sense of loss or a sense of guilt and remorse. a family united in sorrow upon the patriarch's death grief implies poignant sorrow for an immediate cause. the inexpressible grief of the bereaved parents anguish suggests torturing grief or dread. the anguish felt by the parents of the kidnapped child woe is deep or inconsolable grief or misery. cries of woe echoed throughout the bombed city regret implies pain caused by deep disappointment, fruitless longing, or unavailing remorse. nagging regret for missed opportunities

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.
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Henderson, a leader of one of the nation’s foremost radical political organizing hubs, tells Teen Vogue that while the grief is real, the center’s 87-year history won’t be ended by a fire or a white-power symbol found in the parking lot. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "A Fire at the Highlander Center Won’t Stop this Legendary Civil Rights Movement Training Organization," 10 Apr. 2019 What remains, more than two weeks after the cyclone made landfall, is a sodden landscape of disconnectedness and grief. Cara Anna, The Seattle Times, "‘It’s not safe anywhere:’ Mozambique cyclone scattered lives," 30 Mar. 2019 People may say that time heals all wounds, but as Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop has covered previously, grief is a lot more complicated than that. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Gwyneth Paltrow's Wedding Venue Was a Touching Tribute to Her Late Father, Bruce," 18 Mar. 2019 There also isn't a timeline for how and when grief happens. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "How To Deal With the Death Of a Parent," 14 Mar. 2019 Despite being overcome with grief when he was laid to rest, the royal family was reportedly aware of the King's declining health by the early 1950s and knew that Elizabeth's time was coming. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The Heartbreaking Way Queen Elizabeth II Learned About the Death of Her Father, King George VI," 1 Feb. 2019 But none of that would lessen the trauma and grief. Margaret Lazarus Dean, Popular Mechanics, "The Oral History of the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster," 28 Jan. 2019 Leigh’s grief isn’t expressed in the typical solitary crying that TV often relies on. Pilot Viruet, The Verge, "The 12 best overlooked TV shows of 2018," 14 Dec. 2018 If a particular routine or habit has been causing you grief, it’s time to look under the hood. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What September's Taurus Horoscope Means for You," 30 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of grief

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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grief

noun

English Language Learners Definition of grief

: deep sadness caused especially by someone's death
: a cause of deep sadness
: trouble or annoyance

grief

noun
\ ˈgrēf How to pronounce grief (audio) \

Kids Definition of grief

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.

grief

noun
\ ˈgrēf How to pronounce grief (audio) \

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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