- 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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Examples from the Web for grief
Though tissues are present and tears are not uncommon, the Dinner Parties are distinctly not grief counseling or group therapy.Everyone at This Dinner Party Has Lost Someone
January 6, 2015
It warps them and yet makes them, and horrifies them both as it does so—just as grief does.
Energy is sucked from them, the world around them becomes impossible—the Babadook of grief and loss exerts its force everywhere.
The grief in this house is extreme of course; this is a horror movie, after all.
Amelia says some truly terrible things to Sam, supposedly inhabited by the Babadook but really consumed in grief.
And she confides her grief to the world with such charming discretion.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
What consternation and grief there would be throughout the world!Biography of a Slave
Still there was that in them which respected the mother's grief; they tried to shield her.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
In these hours of grief, the soul of him put out its strength.Within the Law
No wonder Bassanio exaggerates his grief and the sacrifice he would be prepared to make.The Man Shakespeare
- 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 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 grief
see come to grief; good grief.