grievous

  • 1 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 …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 grievous — [grēv′əs] adj. [ME grevous < OFr < grever: see GRIEVE] 1. causing grief 2. showing or characterized by grief [a grievous cry] 3. causing suffering; hard to bear; severe [grievous pain] 4. very serious; deplorable [a grievous fault …

    English World dictionary

  • 3 grievous — I adjective afflicting, afflictive, agonizing, appalling, arrant, atrocious, bad, base, bitter, burdensome, cataclysmic, catastrophic, crushing, cutting, deplorable, detrimental, dire, disastrous, distressing, doleful, dolorous, dreadful,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 grievous — (adj.) c.1300, from Anglo Fr. grevous (O.Fr. grevos) heavy, hard, toilsome, from grief (see GRIEF (Cf. grief)). Legal term grievous bodily harm attested from 1803 …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 grievous — meaning ‘severe, causing grief or suffering’ (as in grievous bodily harm), is sometimes wrongly pronounced as if it were grievious, and even spelt this way …

    Modern English usage

  • 6 grievous — [adj] severe, painful; serious afflicting, agonizing, appalling, atrocious, calamitous, damaging, deplorable, dire, dismal, disquieting, distressing, disturbing, dreadful, egregious, flagrant, glaring, grave, harmful, heart rending, heavy*,… …

    New thesaurus

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

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 Grievous — Général Grievous Général Grievous Personnage de La Guerre des étoiles Position Général de la Confédération des systèmes indépendants Planète natale …

    Wikipédia en Français

  • 9 Grievous — Dieser Artikel umfasst die wichtigsten Charaktere der Star Wars Filme. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Hauptpersonen 1.1 Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader 1.2 Boba Fett 1.3 C 3PO 1.4 Chewbacca …

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  • 10 grievous — [[t]gri͟ːvəs[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n If you describe something such as a loss as grievous, you mean that it is extremely serious or worrying in its effects. Their loss would be a grievous blow to our engineering industries... Mr Morris said …

    English dictionary

  • 11 grievous — griev•ous [[t]ˈgri vəs[/t]] adj. 1) causing grief or great sorrow: a grievous loss[/ex] 2) causing serious harm; flagrant; atrocious: a grievous offense[/ex] 3) characterized by great pain or suffering: arrested for causing grievous bodily… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 12 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

  • 13 grievous — grievously, adv. grievousness, n. /gree veuhs/, 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.… …

    Universalium

  • 14 grievous — adjective 1 formal very serious and likely to be very harmful: a grievous error | a grievous shortage of hospital beds 2 especially literary a grievous wound or pain is severe and hurts a lot grievously adverb grievousness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 grievous — /ˈgrivəs / (say greevuhs) adjective 1. causing grief or sorrow: grievous news. 2. flagrant; atrocious: a grievous fault. 3. full of or expressing grief; sorrowful: a grievous cry. 4. Obsolete burdensome or oppressive. {Middle English grevous,… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 16 grievous — griev|ous [ˈgri:vəs] adj formal very serious and causing great pain or suffering ▪ The loss of his father was a grievous blow. ▪ a grievous shortage of hospital beds >grievously adv ▪ He was grievously hurt by their betrayal …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 grievous — griev|ous [ grivəs ] adjective FORMAL extremely serious or severe: a grievous injury He has made a grievous error. ╾ griev|ous|ly adverb: He has suffered grievously …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18 grievous — adjective 1) his death was a grievous blow Syn: serious, severe, grave, bad, critical, dreadful, terrible, awful, crushing, calamitous; painful, agonizing, traumatic, wounding, damaging, injurious; sharp …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 19 grievous — UK [ˈɡriːvəs] / US [ˈɡrɪvəs] adjective formal extremely serious or severe a grievous injury He has made a grievous error. Derived word: grievously adverb He has suffered grievously …

    English dictionary

  • 20 grievous — adjective a) Causing grief, pain or sorrow As for the captain, his wounds were grievous indeed but not dangerous. b) serious, grave, dire or dangerous …

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