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Meaning & Definition of Grievous in English

English

Grievous

/grivəs/

adjective

1. Causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm

  • "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"
    synonym:
  • dangerous
  • ,
  • grave
  • ,
  • grievous
  • ,
  • serious
  • ,
  • severe
  • ,
  • life-threatening

2. Causing or marked by grief or anguish

  • "A grievous loss"
  • "A grievous cry"
  • "Her sigh was heartbreaking"
  • "The heartrending words of rabin's granddaughter"
    synonym:
  • grievous
  • ,
  • heartbreaking
  • ,
  • heartrending

3. Of great gravity or crucial import

  • Requiring serious thought
  • "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"
    synonym:
  • grave
  • ,
  • grievous
  • ,
  • heavy
  • ,
  • weighty

4. Shockingly brutal or cruel

  • "Murder is an atrocious crime"
  • "A grievous offense against morality"
  • "A grievous crime"
  • "No excess was too monstrous for them to commit"
    synonym:
  • atrocious
  • ,
  • flagitious
  • ,
  • grievous
  • ,
  • monstrous