grief

[ greef ]
/ grif /

noun

keen mental suffering or distress over affliction or loss; sharp sorrow; painful regret.
a cause or occasion of keen distress or sorrow.

Idioms

    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

1175–1225; Middle English gref, grief < Anglo-French gref; see grieve

Related forms

grief·less, adjectivegrief·less·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for grief

grief

/ (ɡriːf) /

noun

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)

Derived Forms

griefless, adjective

Word Origin for grief

C13: from Anglo-French gref, from grever to grieve 1
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Medicine definitions for grief

grief

[ grēf ]

n.

Deep mental anguish, as that arising from bereavement.
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Idioms and Phrases with grief

grief


see come to grief; good grief.

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