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grievance

[ gree-vuhns ]
/ ˈgri vəns /
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noun
a wrong considered as grounds for complaint, or something believed to cause distress: Inequitable taxation is the chief grievance.
a complaint, as against an unjust or unfair act: to have a grievance against someone.
a feeling or belief that one has been wronged, oppressed, or is the victim of an injustice; resentment: The conflict on campus was described as the result of racial grievance or victim culture, depending on who reported it.
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Origin of grievance

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English greva(u)nce, greva(u)ns “injury, offense, annoyance,” from Old French grevance “harm, injury, trouble, misfortune”; see origin at grieve, -ance

OTHER WORDS FROM grievance

pre·griev·ance, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for grievance

grievance
/ (ˈɡriːvəns) /

noun
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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Other Idioms and Phrases with grievance

grievance

see air one's grievances.

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