What does grief mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. grief, heartache, heartbreak, brokenheartedness(noun)

    intense sorrow caused by loss of a loved one (especially by death)

  2. grief, sorrow(noun)

    something that causes great unhappiness

    "her death was a great grief to John"

Wiktionary

  1. grief(Noun)

    Suffering, hardship.

  2. grief(Noun)

    Pain of mind arising from misfortune, significant personal loss, misconduct of oneself or others, etc.; sorrow; sadness.

  3. grief(Noun)

    Cause or instance of sorrow or pain; that which afflicts or distresses; trial.

    Surely, he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows. -Isaiah 53:4

  4. grief(Verb)

    To deliberately harass and annoy or cause grief to other players of a game in order to interfere with their enjoyment of it; especially, to do this as one's primary activity in the game.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Grief(adj)

    pain of mind on account of something in the past; mental suffering arising from any cause, as misfortune, loss of friends, misconduct of one's self or others, etc.; sorrow; sadness

  2. Grief(adj)

    cause of sorrow or pain; that which afficts or distresses; trial; grievance

  3. Grief(adj)

    physical pain, or a cause of it; malady

Freebase

  1. Grief

    Grief is a multi-faceted response to loss, particularly to the loss of someone or something to which a bond was formed. Although conventionally focused on the emotional response to loss, it also has physical, cognitive, behavioral, social, and philosophical dimensions. While the terms are often used interchangeably, bereavement refers to the state of loss, and grief is the reaction to loss. Grief is a natural response to loss. It is the emotional suffering one feels when something or someone the individual loves is taken away. Grief is also a reaction to any loss. The grief associated with death is familiar to most people, but individuals grieve in connection with a variety of losses throughout their lives, such as unemployment, ill health or the end of a relationship. Loss can be categorised as either physical or abstract, the physical loss being related to something that the individual can touch or measure, such as losing a spouse through death, while other types of loss are abstract, and relate to aspects of a person’s social interactions.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Grief

    grēf, n. heaviness of heart: sorrow: regret: mourning: cause of sorrow: affliction: (B.) bodily as well as mental pain.—adjs. Grief′ful (Spens.), full of grief; Grief′less, sorrowless; Grief′shot (Shak.), pierced with grief. [Fr.,—L. gravis, heavy.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. grief

    1. The telescope of the emotions that unfolds to your eye the meaning of all worlds. 2. The overtones in all joy. 3. The pleasure that lasts the longest. 4. The tears of Memory. 5. The vice of weakness and the virtue of strength.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Grief

    Normal, appropriate sorrowful response to an immediate cause. It is self-limiting and gradually subsides within a reasonable time.

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'grief' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4444

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'grief' in Nouns Frequency: #2367

How to pronounce grief?

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How to say grief in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of grief in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of grief in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of grief in a Sentence

  1. John Travolta:

    I will forever be grateful to Scientology for supporting me for two years solid, I mean Monday through Sunday, they didn't take a day off, working through different angles of the techniques to get through grief and loss, and to make me feel that finally I could get through a day.

  2. Jasvinder Kaur:

    We must support one another, not just in grief, but in calling our policymakers and elected officials to make meaningful change, the time to act is not later, but now. We are far too many tragedies, too late, in doing so.

  3. Drew Carey:

    Amie Harwick and I had a love that people are lucky to have once in a lifetime, amie Harwick was a positive force in the world, a tireless and unapologetic champion for women, and passionate about Amie Harwick work as a therapist. I am overcome with grief. I would like to thank you in advance for giving Drew Carey and everyone who loved Amie Harwick privacy while we try to work through this tragic situation.

  4. Rob Bowman:

    They're scared. And I lived with that Rob Bowman, there's a constant fear that the worst is inevitable, and this anticipatory grief, well, that's what I felt when my husband went off to war, and that's what I'm seeing in my neighbors today.

  5. Elizabeth Gaskell:

    My heart burnt within me with indignation and grief; we could think of nothing else. All night long we had only snatches of sleep, waking up perpetually to the sense of a great shock and grief. Every one is feeling the same. I never knew so universal a feeling.

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