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grievous

[ gree-vuhs ]
/ ˈgri vəs /
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adjective
causing grief or great sorrow: grievous news.
full of or expressing grief; sorrowful: a grievous cry.
characterized by great pain or suffering; severe: grievous bodily harm;a grievous injury.
having serious effects; grave: a grievous mistake;grievous faults.
extremely or shockingly wicked, cruel, brutal, etc.; atrocious: a grievous offense against morality;grievous crimes.
burdensome; oppressive: to incur grievous expenses.
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Origin of grievous

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English grevous, from Old French grevo(u)s; see grieve, -ous

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How to use grievous in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for grievous

grievous
/ (ˈɡriːvəs) /

adjective
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 forms of grievous

grievously, adverbgrievousness, noun
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