- keen mental suffering or distress over affliction or loss; sharp sorrow; painful regret.
- a cause or occasion of keen distress or sorrow.
- come to grief, to suffer disappointment, misfortune, or other trouble; fail: Their marriage came to grief after only two years.
- good grief, (used as an exclamation of dismay, surprise, or relief): Good grief, it's started to rain again!
Origin of grief
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- deep or intense sorrow or distress, esp at the death of someone
- something that causes keen distress or suffering
- informal trouble or annoyancepeople were giving me grief for leaving ten minutes early
- come to grief informal to end unsuccessfully or disastrously
- tune someone grief See tune (def. 17)
Word Origin and History for come to grief
early 13c., "hardship, suffering, pain, bodily affliction," from Old French grief "wrong, grievance, injustice, misfortune, calamity" (13c.), from grever "afflict, burden, oppress," from Latin gravare "to cause grief, make heavy," from gravis "weighty" (see grave (adj.)). Meaning "mental pain, sorrow" is from c.1300.
- Deep mental anguish, as that arising from bereavement.
Idioms and Phrases with come to grief
come to grief
Meet with disaster or failure. For example, The icy runway caused at least one light plane to come to grief. [Mid-1800s]