noun, plural gra·vam·i·na [gruh-vam-uh-nuh] /grəˈvæm ə nə/. Law.
- grave clothes,
Origin of gravamen
Examples from the Web for gravamen
This hazarding of Mrs. Owen's favor became now the gravamen of his offense, the culmination of all his offenses.A Hoosier Chronicle|Meredith Nicholson
Now she was face to face with the gravamen of her depression, with an alert morning mind to sift over its elements.The Eddy|Clarence L. Cullen
The famous telegram put forward by France as the gravamen, or chief offence, was not communicated to the Chamber.Charles Sumner; his complete works, volume 18 (of 20)|Charles Sumner
The gravamen of the charge against Ishmael lies in the last word of Gen. xxi.The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Galatians|G. G. Findlay
The gravamen of the charge against the police was that they had found the knife before Pellizioni was tried.Mysteries of Police and Crime|Arthur Griffiths
noun plural -vamina (-ˈvæmɪnə)
Word Origin for gravamen
"grievance," 1640s, from Late Latin gravamen "trouble, physical inconvenience" (in Medieval Latin, "a grievance"), from gravare "to burden, aggravate," from gravis "heavy" (see grave (adj.)).