in a way that causes or shows grief, sorrow, pain, or suffering:There is no denying that the inmates were grievously malnourished.The first marine he reached was grievously wounded, and his medical assistance was undoubtedly instrumental in saving the man's life.
in a way that is flagrant or outrageous:The accomplished actress is grievously wasted as a femme fatale who doesn't utter a single word.The court concluded that the manager had put himself in a position in which his own private interests conflicted grievously with those of his employer.
in a way that is burdensome or oppressive:The energy necessary to manufacture sufficient solar collectors would itself add grievously to the global burden of pollution and greenhouse gas.
- non·griev·ous·ly, adverb
- o·ver·griev·ous·ly, adverb
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How to use grievously in a sentence
The country’s grievous past has so thoroughly spoiled the present that even the Constitution has been called into question.
If the allegations are false, Cosby has been grievously wronged with his reputation forever tainted.
And Bill Weasley remains happily married to Fleur Delacour despite being “grievously scarred from an encounter with a werewolf”.
Want to know why the Tea Party so eager to grievously wound the Republican Party?How the Tea Party’s Apocalyptic Politics Are Destroying the Republican Party | Joe McLean | November 11, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Li was sprawled on the kitchen floor with her 5-year-old son, Kevin Zhou, both of them grievously wounded.Brooklyn Mother, Four Children Allegedly Slain by Jealous Cousin | Michael Daly | October 28, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
He was one of the most grievously injured pilots to arrive in Hanoi.
A full third of the attacking force lay on the ground, dead or grievously wounded.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
Moreover, she had never so thoroughly enjoyed being a girl, and love-making would have bored her grievously.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
I believe they expected to receive a large sum from these relics: how grievously they were disappointed I need not tell.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
The assailants were grievously embarrassed by stones rolled down upon them and by the fire of the archers.King Robert the Bruce | A. F. Murison
My failure to accomplish the desired result is grievously exasperating, and I feel deeply humiliated.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist | Alexander Berkman