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grievous

[gree-vuh s] /ˈgri vəs/
adjective
1.
causing grief or great sorrow:
grievous news.
2.
flagrant; outrageous; atrocious:
a grievous offense against morality.
3.
full of or expressing grief; sorrowful:
a grievous cry.
4.
burdensome or oppressive.
5.
causing great pain or suffering:
arrested for causing grievous bodily harm to someone in a bar.
Origin of grievous
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English grevous < Old French grevo(u)s. See grieve, -ous
Related forms
grievously, adverb
grievousness, noun
nongrievous, adjective
nongrievously, adverb
nongrievousness, noun
overgrievous, adjective
overgrievously, adverb
overgrievousness, noun
Synonyms
1. distressing, sad, sorrowful, painful. 2. deplorable, lamentable, calamitous, heinous, flagitious, dreadful, shameful, iniquitous.
Antonyms
1. delightful.
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Examples from the Web for grievous
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  • A grievous error it is to suppose that Cupid's artillery is limited to bow and arrows.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

  • The country was saddened, moreover, with grievous sicknesses.

    Old News Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • For three years past, this grievous calamity had been borne.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • That they did not do so was a grievous disappointment from the beginning.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
British Dictionary definitions for grievous

grievous

/ˈɡriːvəs/
adjective
1.
very severe or painful: a grievous injury
2.
very serious; heinous: a grievous sin
3.
showing or marked by grief: a grievous cry
4.
causing great pain or suffering: a grievous attack
Derived Forms
grievously, adverb
grievousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for grievous
adj.

c.1300, from Anglo-French grevous (Old French grevos) "heavy, hard, toilsome," from grief (see grief). Legal term grievous bodily harm attested from 1803.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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