Origin of grievous
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1. distressing, sad, sorrowful, painful. 2. deplorable, lamentable, calamitous, heinous, flagitious, dreadful, shameful, iniquitous.
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Examples from the Web for grievousness
We all know the extent and the grievousness of the calamity it has wrought on the universe.England, Canada and the Great War
Then I say I trust thee shall be free from grievousness all thy life if I can keep thee so.
He arose; he confessed the grievousness of his sin, entreating pardon before the Throne of Omnipotence.Ten Tudor Statesmen
Arthur D. Innes
It is a picture of the grievousness of war, which was now upon the world, flowing down even those distant, desert roads.The Book of Isaiah, Volume I (of 2)
George Adam Smith
Master Tom admitted the grievousness of his fault and returned at once to the drift cavern after the forgotten provision pack.The Big Brother
George Cary Eggleston
- very severe or painfula grievous injury
- very serious; heinousa grievous sin
- showing or marked by griefa grievous cry
- causing great pain or sufferinga grievous attack
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Word Origin and History for grievousness
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