Definitions for grievanceˈgri vəns

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

griev•anceˈgri vəns(n.)

  1. a wrong considered as grounds for complaint.

  2. a complaint or resentment, as against an unjust act.

  3. Obs. the act of inflicting a wrong.

Origin of grievance:

1250–1300; < OF

Princeton's WordNet

  1. grudge, score, grievance(noun)

    a resentment strong enough to justify retaliation

    "holding a grudge"; "settling a score"

  2. grievance(noun)

    an allegation that something imposes an illegal obligation or denies some legal right or causes injustice

  3. grievance(noun)

    a complaint about a (real or imaginary) wrong that causes resentment and is grounds for action

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. grievance(noun)ˈgri vəns

    a feeling or belief that sth is wrong or unfair

    to have a grievance against sb/sth


  1. grievance(Noun)

    Something which causes grief.

  2. grievance(Noun)

    A complaint or annoyance; also a formal complaint.

    If you want the problem fixed, you'll have to file a grievance with the city.

  3. Origin: grievance, from the verb grever + -ance.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Grievance(verb)

    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

  2. Grievance(verb)

    grieving; grief; affliction


  1. Grievance

    In general, grievance is a wrong or hardship suffered, whether real or supposed, which forms legitimate grounds of complaint. In the past, the word meant oppressive state of things.

Translations for grievance

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a cause or reason for complaint

a list of grievances.

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