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[gree-vuh ns] /ˈgri vəns/
a wrong considered as grounds for complaint, or something believed to cause distress:
Inequitable taxation is the chief grievance.
a complaint or resentment, as against an unjust or unfair act:
to have a grievance against someone.
Origin of grievance
1250-1300; Middle English greva(u)nce < Old French grevance. See grieve, -ance
Related forms
pregrievance, noun
1. affront, injustice, hurt, injury, distress. Unabridged
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  • He told her the story of his grievance; it may be that he even told her some parts of it more than once.

  • If there's a person in the world who irritates me it's a woman with whims, a woman who has a grievance.

    A Young Mutineer Mrs. L. T. Meade
  • The Columbian grievance against the United States; diplomatic developments.

    A Syllabus of Hispanic-American History William Whatley Pierson
  • The grievance of these birds was that they could not manage the tough kernels.

    A Bird-Lover in the West Olive Thorne Miller
  • But Jimmie had a grievance, and every time he thought about it, it made him nervous.

    Held for Orders Frank H. Spearman
British Dictionary definitions for grievance


a real or imaginary wrong causing resentment and regarded as grounds for complaint
a feeling of resentment or injustice at having been unfairly treated
(obsolete) affliction or hardship
Word Origin
C15 grevance, from Old French, from grever to grieve1
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Word Origin and History for grievance

c.1300, "state of being aggrieved," from Old French grevance "harm, injury, misfortune, trouble, suffering," from grever "to harm, to burden" (see grieve). In reference to a cause of such a condition, from late 15c.

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