- 1Intense sorrow, especially caused by someone’s death: she was overcome with griefMore example sentences
sorrow, misery, sadness, anguish, pain, distress, agony, torment, affliction, suffering, heartache, heartbreak, broken-heartedness, heaviness of heart, woe, desolation, despondency, dejection, despair, angst, mortification; mourning, mournfulness, bereavement, lamentation, lament; remorse, regret, pining• informal blues• literary dolour, dole
- She was well known and respected in the area and her death has caused much grief and sorrow.
- Sarah wrote her book on coping with grief after the death of her daughter.
- Mr Lewis had owned a second-hand shop in Victoria Road, but in his grief after Terry's death he turned to drink.
- 1.1 [count noun] An instance or cause of intense sorrow: time heals griefs and quarrelsMore example sentences
- The griefs, the sorrows, the disappointments, the struggles, moments of joy and happiness, I wouldn't regret a single one.
- The Old Testament itself speaks prophetically of Christ: ‘Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows.’
- They know each other well, they share their griefs and sorrows.
- 2 • informal Trouble or annoyance: the police gave us constant grief at the matchMore example sentences
- I am getting constant grief from them about returning to Pattaya for this event.
- We've got a bye this weekend, which means I've got a chance to sort out a back problem that has been giving me a bit of grief in recent matches.
- It particularly bothers me that they give me even more grief than normal simply if I'm dressed in a tie.
come to grief
- Have an accident; meet with disaster: many a ship has come to grief along this shoreMore example sentences
fail, meet with failure, meet with disaster, miscarry, go wrong, go awry, fall through, fall flat, be frustrated, break down, collapse, founder, fold, come to nothing, come to naught• informal come unstuck, come a cropper, flop, fizzle out, go phut, go down like a lead balloon, bomb, go to the wall, bite the dustBritish • informal go pear-shapedNorth American • informal tank
- Some car or truck has already come to grief at the roundabout and the trace of that accident is still clearly visible.
- Many ships have come to grief on the Farne Islands, a few miles off the Northumberland coast.
- Credit experts warned that dozens of families were already coming to grief in the ‘buy now, pay later’ culture.
- An exclamation of surprise or alarm: good grief, is it that time already?More example sentences
- Nina? Good grief! You gave me a scare!
- Good grief, Nat, where on earth have you been? You look like you got dragged through a hedge backwards and then thrown back through it again!
- Good grief - the man really must be as high as a kite.
Middle English: from Old French grief, from grever 'to burden' (see grieve1).