grief

noun
\ ˈgrēf How to pronounce grief (audio) \

Definition of grief

1a : 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
2a : trouble, annoyance enough grief for one day
b : annoying or playful criticism getting grief from his friends
c : an unfortunate outcome : disaster used chiefly in the phrase come to grief
3 obsolete : grievance sense 2

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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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Recent Examples on the Web

The club wishes to convey its condolences to Cafú and his family and shares in his grief in these difficult moments. Alaa Abdeldaiem, SI.com, "Son of Brazil World Cup Winner Cafu Dies of a Heart Attack While Playing Soccer," 5 Sep. 2019 Never seemingly comfortable consoling a nation in grief, Trump will be carefully watched for his response to the attacks, again inviting comparison to his predecessors who have tried to heal the country in moments of national trauma. Jaclyn Gallucci, Fortune, "Trump Tweets, Stays Out of Sight for Hours After Shootings," 5 Aug. 2019 Never seemingly comfortable consoling a nation in grief, Trump will be carefully watched for his response to the attacks, again inviting comparison to his predecessors who have tried to heal the country in moments of national trauma. Jonathan Lemire, chicagotribune.com, "Trump tweets, but stays out of sight for hours after 2 mass shootings," 4 Aug. 2019 Never seemingly comfortable consoling a nation in grief, Trump will be carefully watched for his response to the attacks, again inviting comparison to his predecessors who have tried to heal the country in moments of national trauma. Jonathan Lemire, Twin Cities, "After pair of mass shootings, Trump remains out of sight," 4 Aug. 2019 The families stood outside on the sunny summer day, taking turns hugging each other, screaming in grief and talking to Cleveland police detectives who are working to piece together what happened. Adam Ferrise, cleveland.com, "Two families devastated after four, including two children, found dead in Cleveland’s Slavic Village," 9 July 2019 Since then, its mother, a 20-year-old whale named J35, has been carrying the calf on her nose in grief. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Grieving Orca Mom Has Been Carrying Her Dead Calf for Days," 29 July 2018 Best known for her model for the five stages of grief, Kubler-Ross also theorized that all human emotions come from either love or fear. Washington Post, "12 things to do in the D.C. area this week," 16 Sep. 2019 Walk with Björk along a beach of grief Previous SlideNext Slide For a certain audience of VR fan, Vulnicura VR isn't necessarily new. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Björk made music’s first “VR pop album”—she opens up about its heartbreak," 13 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of grief

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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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griece

grieced

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griefful

griefless

grief stem

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More Definitions for grief

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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