[ gree-vuhs ]
/ ˈgri vəs /


causing grief or great sorrow: grievous news.
flagrant; outrageous; atrocious: a grievous offense against morality.
full of or expressing grief; sorrowful: a grievous cry.
burdensome or oppressive.
causing great pain or suffering: arrested for causing grievous bodily harm to someone in a bar.

Nearby words

  1. grievant,
  2. grieve,
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  4. grievedly,
  5. griever,
  6. grievous bodily harm,
  7. grievously,
  8. grievousness,
  9. griff,
  10. griffa

Origin of grievous

1250–1300; Middle English grevous < Old French grevo(u)s. See grieve, -ous

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British Dictionary definitions for grievous


/ (ˈɡriːvəs) /


very severe or painfula grievous injury
very serious; heinousa grievous sin
showing or marked by griefa grievous cry
causing great pain or sufferinga grievous attack
Derived Formsgrievously, adverbgrievousness, noun

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Word Origin and History for grievous



c.1300, from Anglo-French grevous (Old French grevos) "heavy, hard, toilsome," from grief (see grief). Legal term grievous bodily harm attested from 1803.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper