griev·​er | \ ˈgrē-vər How to pronounce griever (audio) \
plural grievers

Definition of griever

1 : a person who is experiencing grief (as because of bereavement) Antidepressants do not ease the longing for the deceased that grievers feel.— Virginia Hughes Studies now show that, although some grievers may progress through these stages just as Kubler-Ross outlined, many don't. … In reality, the grief process looks a lot less like a neat set of stages and a lot more like a rollercoaster of emotions.— David B. Feldman
2 US : one who has or expresses a grievance On the afternoon of May 28, resident Rick Grant told The Enterprise as he waited with other grievers in the town hall's town-board room for his turn before a board, "We all want the same thing: Be real on the taxes, do a proper assessment, a fair assessment."The Altamont Enterprise Mr. Moseley is a union "griever," or shop steward as he would be called in some unions, handling union members' complaints against his employer …— Alex Kotlowitz

First Known Use of griever

1819, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Griever.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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