[ gree-vuhs-lee ]
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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  1. 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.

Origin of grievously


Other words from grievously

  • non·griev·ous·ly, adverb
  • o·ver·griev·ous·ly, adverb

Words Nearby grievously Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

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