grievance

noun
griev·​ance | \ ˈgrē-vən(t)s How to pronounce grievance (audio) \

Definition of grievance

1 : 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.
2 : the formal expression of a grievance : complaint filed a grievance against her employer
3 obsolete : suffering, distress

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Synonyms for grievance

Synonyms

down [chiefly British], grudge, resentment, score

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injustice, injury, wrong, grievance mean an act that inflicts undeserved hurt. injustice applies to any act that involves unfairness to another or violation of one's rights. the injustices suffered by the lower classes injury applies in law specifically to an injustice for which one may sue to recover compensation. libel constitutes a legal injury wrong applies also in law to any act punishable according to the criminal code; it may apply more generally to any flagrant injustice. determined to right society's wrongs grievance applies to a circumstance or condition that constitutes an injustice to the sufferer and gives just ground for complaint. a list of employee grievances

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.
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While jailed, Kramer filed a grievance in March saying he was assaulted by a jail officer. Washington Post, "Dragon Con co-founder’s legal saga marked by strange twists," 27 Aug. 2019 The lawsuit also offers insight into how the East L.A. station probe began, when a supervisor began to question overtime practices and an officer filed a grievance seeking to block changes to workplace procedures. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, "Overtime practices that led to suspensions widespread in CHP, attorneys claim," 23 Aug. 2019 Another detainee at the facility about 60 miles northeast of Los Angeles said he was placed in segregation for a week after filing a grievance against an officer, the suit said. Amy Taxin, BostonGlobe.com, "Detained immigrants sue over conditions, medical care," 20 Aug. 2019 Brown’s only recourse would be to file a grievance, with the NFL making the final ruling. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Raiders’ Antonio Brown follows the money and crisis is averted — until the next one," 20 Aug. 2019 Brown reportedly filed a second grievance Monday seeking permission to wear an Air Advantage that is less than 10 years old this season. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "Jon Gruden: Raiders’ Antonio Brown wears certified helmet, is ‘all in’," 20 Aug. 2019 In 2017, Kaepernick and Reid filed a grievance against the NFL alleging the two remained unsigned because of collusion by owners following the kneeling protest. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Colin Kaepernick talks about the police shooting that led him to protest during national anthem," 20 Aug. 2019 Another detainee at the facility about 60 miles northeast of Los Angeles said he was placed in segregation for a week after filing a grievance against an officer, the suit said. NBC News, "Detained immigrants sue over conditions, medical care," 20 Aug. 2019 Another detainee at the facility about 60 miles northeast of Los Angeles said he was placed in segregation for a week after filing a grievance against an officer, the suit said. Amy Taxin, The Denver Post, "Detained immigrants in Colorado, California sue over conditions, medical care," 19 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of grievance

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for grievance

see grieve

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grievance

noun

English Language Learners Definition of grievance

: 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

noun
griev·​ance | \ ˈgrē-vəns How to pronounce grievance (audio) \

Kids Definition of grievance

: a reason for complaining

grievance

noun
griev·​ance | \ ˈgrē-vəns How to pronounce grievance (audio) \

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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