causing grief or great sorrow: grievous news.
- griev·ous·ly, adverb
- griev·ous·ness, noun
- non·griev·ous, adjective
- non·griev·ous·ness, noun
- o·ver·griev·ous, adjective
- o·ver·griev·ous·ness, noun
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How to use grievous in a sentence
Depictions of Indigenous communities in American pop culture have, historically, often added insult to grievous injury.The 5 Best New TV Shows Our Critic Watched in August 2021 | Judy Berman | August 31, 2021 | Time
The jihadist military had suffered a grievous blow, but the extremist theology lived on.American Leaders Made Defeat in Afghanistan Inevitable | David French | August 16, 2021 | Time
It had suffered grievous casualties but its infrastructure and industrial capacity were untouched, and its relative power had never—and has never—been greater.What America's Plutocrats Today Should Learn From Past Generations | Zachary Karabell | June 9, 2021 | Time
When his first wife died from tuberculosis, despite his zealous efforts to save her, a grievous Metchnikoff took an overdose of opium, but lived.The Man Who Drank Cholera and Launched the Yogurt Craze - Issue 100: Outsiders | Lina Zeldovich | May 19, 2021 | Nautilus
Prosecutors alleged that in June 2011 and April 2012, he unlawfully struck, choked, kicked and pulled the hair of his wife and struck her young son “with a force likely to produce death or grievous bodily harm.”Ted Cruz’s misleading memories of his 2013 gun proposal | Salvador Rizzo | March 25, 2021 | Washington Post
Hildebrand was keenly aware of the grievous failures of Christians under Nazism.
The cop lay open-eyed with a grievous head wound as Johnson again checked for a pulse.'Please Don't Die!': The Frantic Battle to Save Murdered Cops | Michael Daly | December 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
No longer will we have to endure the grievous injury of that flag popping up as a museum shop chotchke.
Some horror will be too great, some attack too grievous for us to ignore.
The tactics almost certainly have saved untold thousands of innocents from grievous injury, even death.Stop-and-Frisk Ruled Unconstitutional: A ‘Fair Trial’ for the NYPD? | Michael Daly | August 13, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
A grievous vision is told me: he that is unfaithful dealeth unfaithfully: and he that is a spoiler, spoileth.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
But his record shows grievous instability, and Robert probably had sound reasons for putting a period to his dubieties.King Robert the Bruce | A. F. Murison
And then the old woman found that she had made a grievous mistake, and hastened to repair it.Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
At their presence the people shall be in grievous pains: all faces shall be made like a kettle.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
Here are four distinct predictions; national peculiarity, grievous oppression, universal dispersion and remarkable preservation.Gospel Philosophy | J. H. Ward
British Dictionary definitions for grievous
very severe or painful: a grievous injury
very serious; heinous: a grievous sin
showing or marked by grief: a grievous cry
causing great pain or suffering: a grievous attack
- grievously, adverb
- grievousness, noun
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