Definition of grievance
2 : a cause of distress (such as an unsatisfactory working condition) felt to afford reason for complaint or resistance Her chief grievance was the sexual harassment by her boss.
3 : the formal expression of a grievance : complaint filed a grievance against her employer
Examples of grievance in a Sentence
He has a deep sense of grievance against his former employer.
She has been nursing a grievance all week.
In the petition, the students listed their many grievances against the university administration.
Several customers came to the front desk to air their grievances.
Recent Examples of grievance from the Web
Other U.S. grievances include Russian harassment of American diplomats and citizens.
Complaints over customer service, maintenance, and sometimes, cemetery owners not meeting their contractual obligations are fairly common, but what happens when these grievances are ignored by cemetery owners?
More illuminating are the street-level chats that Gitai has with ordinary citizens, some angry, others conciliatory, about their grievances and hopes and suggested solutions for peace.
Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association President Steve Loomis said the union filed grievances against the city to get Timothy Loehmann's job back, hours after he was fired.
In 2013, two years after King’s initial grievances, Boyd was disciplined for having an inappropriate relationship with King, records show.
The meetings inside the West Wing had been contentious, sources told CNN, as aides expressed their deep grievances over the climate agreement that President Barack Obama helped broker with every country except Syria and Nicaragua.
Compounding these grievances was Westminster’s maintenance of the properties — or lack thereof.
Originally, Mr. Durrant attempted to resolve his grievance through Lionhead’s human resources department, but says the company lacked any policies to handle his issue.
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Origin and Etymology of grievance
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of grievance
GRIEVANCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of grievance for English Language Learners
: a feeling of having been treated unfairly
: a reason for complaining or being unhappy with a situation
: a statement in which you say you are unhappy or not satisfied with something
GRIEVANCE Defined for Kids
Definition of grievance for Students
: a reason for complaining
Legal Definition of grievance
1 : a cause of distress (as an unsatisfactory working condition or unfair labor practice) felt to afford a reason for complaint or dispute; especially : a violation of a collective bargaining agreement usually by the employer
2 : the formal expression of a grievance brought especially by an employee as the initial step toward resolution through a grievance procedure — see also arbitration, grievance arbitration at arbitration, mediation
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