• WordNet 3.6
    • n grievance a complaint about a (real or imaginary) wrong that causes resentment and is grounds for action
    • n grievance an allegation that something imposes an illegal obligation or denies some legal right or causes injustice
    • n grievance a resentment strong enough to justify retaliation "holding a grudge","settling a score"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Grievance A cause of uneasiness and complaint; a wrong done and suffered; that which gives ground for remonstrance or resistance, as arising from injustice, tyranny, etc.; injury.
    • Grievance Grieving; grief; affliction. "The . . . grievance of a mind unreasonably yoked."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n grievance A cause of grief or distress; a wrong inflicted by another or others; a source or occasion of annoyance or hardship.
    • n grievance Grief; affliction.
    • n grievance Discomfort; pain.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Grievance cause of grief: burden: hardship: injury: grief
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  • Aesop
    “Men often bear little grievances with less courage than they do large misfortunes.”
  • Proverb
    “Never repeat old grievances.”
  • Marshall Mcluhan
    “Jokes are grievances.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    “A grievance is most poignant when almost redressed.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    “To have a grievance is to have a purpose in life.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. grevance,. See Grieve (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. grever—L. gravāre, gravis, heavy.


In literature:

From the first he showed no purpose of discussing the grievances alleged in the petition.
"History of the English People, Volume V (of 8)" by John Richard Green
She would not trouble her mother with such petty grievances.
"Marjorie Dean High School Freshman" by Pauline Lester
Behind the garbage-house, in the corner of the yard near the railroad tracks, there was a fine place to talk over secrets and grievances.
"Flamsted quarries" by Mary E. Waller
Lowell spoke much of the truth when he said that the Southern grievance was the census of 1860; but not the whole truth.
"A History of the United States" by Cecil Chesterton
When, a week or two before, Mrs. Ford had been seriously angry with Mrs. Gregg, she confided her grievances to Dr. O'Grady.
"General John Regan" by George A. Birmingham
The entire ship's company were discussing their grievances, and even a large portion of the officers were dissatisfied.
"Down the Rhine" by Oliver Optic
Speakers at their meetings referred to the condition and hopeless prostration of Van Diemen's Land as a general grievance.
"The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)" by John West
There seems to be a grievance all around.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
There were as yet no grievances.
"The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation" by Charles Roger
What, then, in all candor, are the grievances of some of our sister States, as presented by their delegated authority to this Conference?
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden

In poetry:

Serene, while over other lands
Rolls revolution's storm,
Where they can't speak their grievances--
Dare not demand reform.
"Lines Of Annexation" by Nora Pembroke
Thou hast commanded me to come to thee,
My kind protector, in adversity;
To thee I come, O God! with woes oppress'd:
O, let my grievances be now redress'd!
"A Prayer, Against The Oppression Of One's Foe. " by Rees Prichard
A peer of popular applause,
Who doth our violated laws,
And grievances proclaim.
Th' initials show a vanquish'd town,
That adds fresh glory and renown
To old Britannia's fame.
"A Rebus" by Phillis Wheatley
Death, after all our troubles makes our beds,
That we thereon may lay our weary'd heads,
And gives us ease and happiness at last,
When all our straits and grievances are past.
"A Short Dissertation Against The Fear Of Death, And Concerning The Benefit That Accrues From A Right" by Rees Prichard
'Gainst you and all your sages, no joy of mine shall strive,
This one dead self shall shatter the men you call alive.
My grief I send to smite you, no pleasure, no belief,
Lord of the battered grievance, what do you know of grief?
"The Pessimist" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Releasëd from her daily care,
No longer listening to complaint,
She seems to breathe a different air,
And health once more her cheek does paint.
Still Anna loves her friends, but will not hear
Again their list of grievances which cost so dear.
"The Confidant" by Charles Lamb

In news:

Principals denied the grievances , as did Superintendent Dave Bond on an initial appeal.
"They were unable to meet the necessary quorum to hear grievances on May 22," Boisen said.
Although the grievances and the lawsuit are separate matters, they have a common thread.
The commissioner has said he'll hear the appeals after rulings are made on the grievances .
Police union files grievance over pay during NATO.
The Redskins' grievance challenging their $36 million salary cap penalty was dismissed by arbitrator Stephen Burbank, NFL executive vice president and general counsel Jeff Pash told reporters Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings in Atlanta.
The NFL players' union grievance against the league in the Saints bounties scandal will be heard Wednesday.
Dontrelle Willis drops grievance .
Pitcher Dontrelle Willis has agreed to drop his grievance against the Baltimore Orioles after the team granted his request to pitch as a starter in the minor leagues, his agent told
The NFL Players Association is filing a grievance over the NFL's suspension of four players in the bounty scandal.
The NHLPA filed a grievance over the Edmonton Oilers docking $13,000 from Ben Eager's pay, multiple sources have confirmed to
Gay, transgender advocates must prove ' grievance ' by voided non-discrimination ordinance.
The Church of Grievance Occupy Wall Street's dangerous creed.
But Pavey did talk with another guard about 12 hours after the incident, and he alleged that the cell removal was retaliation by another guard because of his history of filing 10 past grievances .
A coalition of state employee unions has filed a grievance with the State Office Of Labor Relations over the $7 million in longevity bonuses being given to non-union managers this month.