What is the meaning of grievous?


  • Causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm.
    • usage: "a dangerous operation"; "a grave situation"; "a grave illness"; "grievous bodily harm"; "a serious wound"; "a serious turn of events"; "a severe case of pneumonia"; "a life-threatening disease"
  • Causing or marked by grief or anguish.
    • usage: "a grievous loss"; "a grievous cry"; "her sigh was heartbreaking"; "the heartrending words of Rabin's granddaughter"
  • Of great gravity or crucial import; requiring serious thought.
    • usage: "grave responsibilities"; "faced a grave decision in a time of crisis"; "a grievous fault"; "heavy matters of state"; "the weighty matters to be discussed at the peace conference"
  • Shockingly brutal or cruel.
    • usage: "murder is an atrocious crime"; "a grievous offense against morality"; "a grievous crime"; "no excess was too monstrous for them to commit"
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APAWordNet. (2010). grievous. Retrieved January 18, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/grievous/definitions/1175127
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