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

1250–1300; Middle English grevous < Old French grevo(u)s. See grieve, -ous
Related formsgriev·ous·ly, adverbgriev·ous·ness, nounnon·griev·ous, adjectivenon·griev·ous·ly, adverbnon·griev·ous·ness, nouno·ver·griev·ous, adjectiveo·ver·griev·ous·ly, adverbo·ver·griev·ous·ness, noun

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Related Words for grievously

severely, sorely, badly, very, intensely, acutely, grievously, wistfully, sadly, greatly, woefully, gravely, painfully, regrettably, decidedly, quite, deplorably, distressingly, menacingly, perilously

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Historical Examples of grievously

  • Grievously disordered they appear to be, as Hannah tells me.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • But just then my childish pride was grievously piqued by Philip's criticism.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • You shall subdue the society which has grievously wronged you, to your own high spirit.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • "I love Laurent as a brother," said she grievously, when her aunt had ceased speaking.

    Therese Raquin

    Emile Zola

  • What expectations I had formed, and how grievously was I disappointed!



British Dictionary definitions for grievously


  1. very severe or painfula grievous injury
  2. very serious; heinousa grievous sin
  3. showing or marked by griefa grievous cry
  4. causing great pain or sufferinga grievous attack
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Derived Formsgrievously, adverbgrievousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for grievously


mid-14c., from grievous + -ly (2).

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

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