grievous

adjective
griev·​ous | \ ˈgrē-vəs How to pronounce grievous (audio) \

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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Yet now an unpopular President may get away with acts at least as grievous as Nixon’s because the House will have evaded its constitutional duty. Sean Wilentz, The New Yorker, "Nancy Pelosi, Impeachment, and Places in History," 11 July 2019 The allegation led to a passionate debate about whether the situation was grievous enough to fit with others being made against men in the height of the #MeToo movement. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "Aziz Ansari lands Netflix special, marking biggest return since sexual misconduct allegation," 1 July 2019 Last month, 56-year-old John Dugdale walked into a police station and later pleaded guilty to one count of causing grievous bodily harm. Fox News, "Road rage attack victim says he wants to 'see the idiot who did this to me'," 25 June 2019 Bigtree has no medical credentials but holds himself out as an expert on vaccine safety and promotes the idea that government officials have colluded with the pharmaceutical industry to cover up grievous harms from the drugs. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Meet the New York couple donating millions to the anti-vax movement," 19 June 2019 Bigtree has no medical credentials but holds himself out as an expert on vaccine safety and promotes the idea that government officials have colluded with the pharmaceutical industry to cover up grievous harms from the drugs. Amy Brittain, Twin Cities, "Meet the New York couple donating millions to the anti-vax movement," 19 June 2019 Bigtree has no medical credentials but holds himself out as an expert on vaccine safety and promotes the idea that government officials have colluded with the pharmaceutical industry to cover up grievous harms from the drugs. Washington Post, "Meet the New York couple donating millions to the anti-vax movement," 19 June 2019 Yet Jarmusch, in his hyperbolic fiction, goes even farther than Wiseman does, presenting a view of public spaces that reflects the town’s grievous failures of private life. Paige Williams, The New Yorker, "“The Dead Don’t Die,” Reviewed: Jim Jarmusch’s Fiercely Political Zombie Comedy," 14 June 2019 Metropolitan Police said in a press release Friday that the alleged attackers are between 15 and 18 years old and were arrested on suspicion of robbery and aggravated grievous bodily harm. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "Four teenagers arrested in attack against lesbian couple on a London bus," 7 June 2019

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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

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

grievous

adjective
griev·​ous | \ ˈgrē-vəs How to pronounce grievous (audio) \

Kids Definition of grievous

1 : causing suffering or pain a grievous injury
2 : serious sense 2, grave a grievous error

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