[ 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.

Origin of grievous

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

OTHER WORDS FROM grievous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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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 forms of grievous

grievously, adverbgrievousness, noun
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