grievous

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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

grievously

adverb

grievousness

noun

Examples of grievous in a Sentence

  1. the grievous cost of war

  2. He took a foolish financial risk and suffered a grievous loss.

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Origin and Etymology of grievous

see grieve


GRIEVOUS Defined for English Language Learners

grievous

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adjective

Definition of grievous for English Language Learners

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


GRIEVOUS Defined for Kids

grievous

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adjective griev·ous \ ˈgrē-vəs \

Definition of grievous for Students

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


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