Grievousness
Grievous Griev"ous, a. [OF. grevous, grevos, LL. gravosus. See {Grief}.] 1. Causing grief or sorrow; painful; afflictive; hard to bear; offensive; harmful. [1913 Webster]

The famine was grievous in the land. --Gen. xii. 10. [1913 Webster]

The thing was very grievous in Abraham's sight. --Gen. xxi. 11. [1913 Webster]

2. Characterized by great atrocity; heinous; aggravated; flagitious; as, a grievous sin. --Gen. xviii. 20. [1913 Webster]

3. Full of, or expressing, grief; showing great sorrow or affliction; as, a grievous cry. -- {Griev"ous*ly}, adv. -- {Griev"ous*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • grievousness — c.1300, from GRIEVOUS (Cf. grievous) + NESS (Cf. ness) …   Etymology dictionary

  • grievousness — grievous ► ADJECTIVE formal ▪ (of something bad) very severe or serious. DERIVATIVES grievously adverb grievousness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • grievousness — noun see grievous …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • grievousness — See grievously. * * * …   Universalium

  • grievousness — noun the quality or state of being grievous …   Wiktionary

  • grievousness — griev·ous·ness || griːvÉ™snɪs n. quality of being grievous …   English contemporary dictionary

  • grievousness — griev·ous·ness …   English syllables

  • grievousness — noun ( es) Etymology: Middle English grevousnesse, from grevous + nesse ness : the quality or state of being grievous …   Useful english dictionary

  • Theft — • The secret taking of another s property against the reasonable will of that other Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Theft     Theft      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • grievous — adjective Date: 13th century 1. causing or characterized by severe pain, suffering, or sorrow < a grievous wound > < a grievous loss > 2. oppressive, onerous < grievous costs of war > 3. serious, grave < grievous …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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