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grievous

[ gree-vuhs ]
/ ˈgri vəs /
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adjective

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.

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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

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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