[ gree-vuhns ]
/ ˈgri vəns /


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

1250–1300; Middle English greva(u)nce < Old French grevance. See grieve, -ance


pre·griev·ance, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for grievance

/ (ˈɡriːvəns) /


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 for grievance

C15 grevance, from Old French, from grever to grieve 1
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Idioms and Phrases with grievance


see air one's grievances.

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