grievous

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈgriːvəs/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈgrivəs/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(grēvəs)


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
griev•ous /ˈgrivəs/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. causing grief or great sorrow:a grievous loss.
  2. causing serious harm;
    terrible:a grievous offense.
  3. characterized by great pain or suffering:caused grievous bodily harm.
  4. causing a great burden;
    oppressive:a grievous tax.
griev•ous•ly, adv. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
griev•ous  (grēvəs),USA pronunciation adj. 
  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.
grievous•ly, adv. 
grievous•ness, n. 
  • Old French grevo(u)stem See grieve, -ous
  • Middle English grevous 1250–1300
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged distressing, sad, sorrowful, painful.
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged deplorable, lamentable, calamitous, heinous, flagitious, dreadful, shameful, iniquitous.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged delightful.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
grievous /ˈɡriːvəs/ adj
  1. very severe or painful: a grievous injury
  2. very serious; heinous: a grievous sin
  3. showing or marked by grief
  4. causing great pain or suffering

ˈgrievously adv ˈgrievousness n
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