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grief

[greef]
noun
  1. keen mental suffering or distress over affliction or loss; sharp sorrow; painful regret.
  2. a cause or occasion of keen distress or sorrow.
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Idioms
  1. come to grief, to suffer disappointment, misfortune, or other trouble; fail: Their marriage came to grief after only two years.
  2. good grief, (used as an exclamation of dismay, surprise, or relief): Good grief, it's started to rain again!
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Origin of grief

1175–1225; Middle English gref, grief < Anglo-French gref; see grieve
Related formsgrief·less, adjectivegrief·less·ness, noun

Synonyms

Antonyms

1. joy.
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British Dictionary definitions for good grief

grief

noun
  1. deep or intense sorrow or distress, esp at the death of someone
  2. something that causes keen distress or suffering
  3. informal trouble or annoyancepeople were giving me grief for leaving ten minutes early
  4. come to grief informal to end unsuccessfully or disastrously
  5. tune someone grief See tune (def. 17)
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Derived Formsgriefless, adjective

Word Origin

C13: from Anglo-French gref, from grever to grieve 1
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Word Origin and History for good grief

grief

n.

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.

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good grief in Medicine

grief

(grēf)
n.
  1. Deep mental anguish, as that arising from bereavement.
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Idioms and Phrases with good grief

good grief

An exclamation expressing surprise, alarm, dismay, or some other, usually negative emotion. For example, Good grief! You're not going to start all over again, or Good grief! He's dropped the cake. The term is a euphemism for “good God.” [Early 1900s]

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grief

see come to grief; good grief.

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