grievous

adjective
griev·​ous | \ˈgrē-vəs \

Definition of grievous 

1 : causing or characterized by severe pain, suffering, or sorrow a grievous wound a grievous loss

2 : oppressive, onerous grievous costs of war

3 : serious, grave grievous fault

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Other Words from grievous

grievously adverb
grievousness noun

Examples of grievous in a Sentence

the grievous cost of war He took a foolish financial risk and suffered a grievous loss.

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The 13-page document aims to identify for Mueller what the lawyers believe are grievous errors both in how Comey handled the Clinton investigation and in his early, and limited, encounters with the president. CBS News, "Report: Trump's lawyers blast Comey as "Machiavellian" in memo to Mueller," 7 July 2018 The 13-page document aims to identify for Mueller what the lawyers believe are grievous errors both in how Comey handled the Clinton investigation and in his early, and limited, encounters with the president. Eric Tucker, Fox News, "Trump lawyers attacked Comey as 'Machiavellian' in memo to Mueller," 7 July 2018 The 13-page document aims to identify for Mueller what the lawyers believe are grievous errors both in how Comey handled the Clinton investigation and in his early, and limited, encounters with the president. Eric Tucker, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump lawyers call Comey ‘Machiavellian’ in note to Mueller," 7 July 2018 The letter aims to identify for Mueller what the lawyers believe are grievous errors both in how Comey handled the Clinton investigation and in his early, and limited, encounters with the president. Eric Tucker And Chad Day, chicagotribune.com, "Trump lawyers call Comey 'Machiavellian' in confidential memo to Mueller," 7 July 2018 Though far less original, that’s a more grievous offense than gratifying a water bottle. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Mailbag: Is Current Form or Past Slam Performance a Better Indicator of Success in Majors?," 27 June 2018 The sculpture — usually the object of our cool perusal — co-opts us into the grievous picture drawn by this suite of works. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "At the ICA, Kevin Beasley alchemizes dark histories," 23 May 2018 And in the next two days, U.S. ships and planes inflicted such grievous losses on the Japanese fleet that Tokyo abandoned the campaign to retake Guadalcanal. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, "How SF’s namesake ship survived a World War II ‘suicide’ mission," 9 June 2018 The conversation that developed because of this incident examined how the coffee shop employee allegedly demonstrated problematic prejudice and grievous racial ignorance. Lincoln Anthony Blades, Teen Vogue, "Implicit Bias Training: What It Is and How It Works," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of grievous

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for grievous

see grieve

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grievous

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of grievous

: causing great sadness, suffering, or pain : very serious or severe

grievous

adjective
griev·​ous | \ˈgrē-vəs \

Kids Definition of grievous

1 : causing suffering or pain a grievous injury

2 : serious sense 2, grave a grievous error

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