Definition of grievous in English:

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grievous

Pronunciation: /ˈɡriːvəs/

adjective

formal
(Of something bad) very severe or serious: his death was a grievous blow the American fleet suffered grievous losses
More example sentences
  • ‘This shocking incident was a terrible loss for the British Army, and struck a grievous blow to the families of the six soldiers,’ he added.
  • The loss of either deputy would be a grievous blow to Quinn.
  • GAA President Sean Kelly described his death as a ‘massive and grievous loss to a great sporting family’.
Synonyms
serious, severe, grave, bad, critical, dreadful, terrible, awful;
painful, agonizing, hurtful, afflicting, wounding, damaging, injurious;
sharp, acute;
Medicine  peracute
disastrous, calamitous;
crushing, distressing, traumatic, harrowing;
sorrowful, mournful, sad
heinous, grave, deplorable, shocking, appalling, atrocious, gross, dire, outrageous, dreadful, egregious, iniquitous, nefarious, shameful, lamentable;
flagrant, glaring
rare flagitious

Usage

Grievous ends with -ous and has two syllables: it should not be pronounced as if it ended -ious and had an extra syllable.

Derivatives

grievousness

noun
Example sentences
  • In other words the PTAs need not use their discretion to decide on the grievousness of the complaint.
  • The first two factors are the grievousness of the acts and the degree of malicious intent.
  • With the available data, the grievousness of the condition of the dugong population in the country was evident.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French greveus, from grever (see grieve1).

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: griev|ous

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