• WordNet 3.6
    • adj grievous 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"
    • adj grievous 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"
    • adj grievous 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"
    • adj grievous causing or marked by grief or anguish "a grievous loss","a grievous cry","her sigh was heartbreaking","the heartrending words of Rabin's granddaughter"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Grievous Causing grief or sorrow; painful; afflictive; hard to bear; offensive; harmful. "The famine was grievous in the land.""The thing was very grievous in Abraham's sight."
    • Grievous Characterized by great atrocity; heinous; aggravated; flagitious; as, a grievous sin.
    • Grievous Full of, or expressing, grief; showing great sorrow or affliction; as, a grievous cry.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • grievous Causing grief or sorrow; afflictive; hard to bear; oppressive.
    • grievous Inflicting or capable of inflicting pain or suffering; distressing in act or use; fierce; savage.
    • grievous Atrocious; heinous; aggravated.
    • grievous Expressing grief or affliction; full of grief as, a grievous cry.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Grievous causing grief: burdensome: painful: atrocious: hurtful
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  • Marcus Aurelius
    “How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.”
  • Bible
    “A soft answer truth away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger. [Proverbs 15:1]”
  • Mark Twain
    “I am a democrat only on principle, not by instinct -- nobody is that. Doubtless some people say they are, but this world is grievously given to lying.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “Trouble springs from idleness, and grievous toil from needless ease.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “Reform is not pleasant, but grievous; no person can reform themselves without suffering and hard work, how much less a nation.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. grevous, grevos, LL. gravosus,. See Grief
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. grever—L. gravāre, gravis, heavy.


In literature:

It was a time of sore and grievous humiliation to Mr. Wilson.
"Emily Brontë" by A. Mary F. (Agnes Mary Frances) Robinson
I am grievously depressed by it; it is so exceedingly bad.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
His wounds were very grievous.
"As We Sweep Through The Deep" by Gordon Stables
Socially, it is a grievous look.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
It was Adela who first broke that tell-tale silence; and grievous was the effort which it cost her to do so.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
One witch in the neighborhood, especially, did grievously torment him.
"The Witch of Salem" by John R. Musick
To be deprived of him is grievous, but we are still of an age to expect consolation.
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various
The archpriest Chayla had persecuted them grievously.
"The Huguenots in France" by Samuel Smiles
Would you know what they did in this grievous state?
"The Farmer Boy, and How He Became Commander-In-Chief" by Morrison Heady
Meanwhile D'Estrades and Bridieu had grievously wounded each other.
"Political Women (Vol. 1 of 2)" by Sutherland Menzies

In poetry:

WINIFRED. I must go!
I have a brother at Festigniog, who
Is sick, and worse than sick, in grievous trouble;
He wants my help.
"The Wynnes Of Wynhavod. Act IV" by Emily Pfeiffer
"And though we suffer grievously,
We gladly hail the lot
That brings us toils and pains and wounds
For charming Sissy Knott!"
"The Delectable Ballad Of The Waller Lot" by Eugene Field
Of love I have naught
Save trouble and sad thought,
And nothing is grievous
as I desirous,
Wanting only what
No man can get or has got.
"Langue D'Oc" by Ezra Pound
She saw the young Dominion strip
For battle with a grievous wrong,
And curled a noble Norman lip,
And looked with half an eye sidelong;
"Lines To A Friend Visiting America" by George Meredith
Sin's pow'r and presence, canst thou own,
Is thy most grievous smart,
That makes thee sob, and weep alone?
Thy Husband knows thy heart.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
Lord, let thy fall my rise obtain,
Thy grievous shame my glory gain;
Thy cross my lasting crown procure,
Thy death my endless life insure.
"The Believer's Soliloquy; Especially in Times of Desertion, Temptation, Affliction, &c." by Ralph Erskine

In news:

Carrick House Concerts return with Grievous Angel, with special guest Genna and Jesse, 4 pm, Sunday, Dec 4.
Grievous Angel, Billy Brandt on guitar and vocals.
In an effort to avoid scandal, church leaders were complicit in efforts to cover up not only serious crimes but also grievous sins.
John the Baptist's grievous loss: An editorial.
Facing ' grievous harm' from chemicals in air, food, water, panel says.
Allowing gay marriage 'will grievously harm families'.
If Israel were to lose mainstream support in the United States, it would be a grievous blow to the nation and place the wisdom of its political leaders in question.
The prosecutor's office has brought tough charges, requesting a 10-year sentence for causing grievous bodily harm, her lawyer said on television on Friday.
God calls sodomy a very grievous sin.
Xavier University President Norman Francis faced the same grievous losses that many other New Orleanians did after Katrina.
Mark Twain was the kind of man who might tell an off-color joke, then grievously apologize, who wrote stories and essays he knew would offend and kept others private for the same reason.
This is the first (and only) appearance of Gen Grievous this season.
How Barack Obama could help redeem the Norwegian Nobel Committee's grievous mistake.
1999 Return of the Grievous Angel: Tribute to Gram Parsons .
Baker is himself guilty of stereotyping the addict or at least of grievous underestimation of the psychopathology that leads to narcotics addiction.

In science:

Simple models which employ statistically derived potentials have been proved useful to perform such calculations in simple cases, but fail grievously when the quantum mechanical properties of the molecules enter the game, such as in the case of metallo–proteins.
Simple models of protein folding and of non--conventional drug design