- a wrong considered as grounds for complaint, or something believed to cause distress: Inequitable taxation is the chief grievance.
- a complaint or resentment, as against an unjust or unfair act: to have a grievance against someone.
Origin of grievance
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Examples from the Web for grievance
In early October, Health Republic allowed me to submit a “grievance claim” which I filed, along with a pile of backup documents.My Insurance Company Killed Me, Despite Obamacare
November 24, 2014
These were constituents with a grievance—local New York Jews, who were staging a non-violent protest to voice their concerns.Far-Right Pro-Israel Group Rallies Against Vaunted New York Jewish Institution
August 12, 2013
We do our cause more harm than good if we get outrageously outraged over every slight and grievance.RedState is Hiring Reporters
February 27, 2013
When the grievance committee, led by a Copé associate, declared Copé the winner again, Fillon demanded a re-vote; Copé dug in.France’s Petty Politics Brings Christmas Early to Scandal Lovers
December 15, 2012
Since falling under Western colonial rule, the Muslim world has developed a narrative of grievance.The Politics of Muslim Rage
October 1, 2012
Nor did he sink his grievance on the arrival of the Mixer a few moments later.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
He waved his arms, airing his grievance with which for an hour past he had regaled me.
As soon as the servant had withdrawn after dinner he began his grievance.The Macdermots of Ballycloran
I hope your lordship's grievance is sounder than your views of life.Captain Blood
No longer was his grievance sentimental, theoretical or abstract.The Lion's Skin
- a real or imaginary wrong causing resentment and regarded as grounds for complaint
- a feeling of resentment or injustice at having been unfairly treated
- obsolete affliction or hardship
Word Origin and History for grievance
c.1300, "state of being aggrieved," from Old French grevance "harm, injury, misfortune, trouble, suffering," from grever "to harm, to burden" (see grieve). In reference to a cause of such a condition, from late 15c.
Idioms and Phrases with grievance
see air one's grievances.