What does grievous mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term grievous:

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dangerous, grave, grievous, serious, severe, life-threatening(adj)

    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"

  2. grievous, heartbreaking, heartrending(adj)

    causing or marked by grief or anguish

    "a grievous loss"; "a grievous cry"; "her sigh was heartbreaking"; "the heartrending words of Rabin's granddaughter"

  3. grave, grievous, heavy, weighty(adj)

    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"

  4. atrocious, flagitious, grievous, monstrous(adj)

    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"


  1. grievous(Adjective)

    Causing grief, pain or sorrow.

  2. grievous(Adjective)

    Serious, grave, dire or dangerous.

  3. Origin: From grieve, from the greven, from the grever, from gravare (which means to burden). Developed in the 13th century.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Grievous(adj)

    causing grief or sorrow; painful; afflictive; hard to bear; offensive; harmful

  2. Grievous(adj)

    characterized by great atrocity; heinous; aggravated; flagitious; as, a grievous sin

  3. Grievous(adj)

    full of, or expressing, grief; showing great sorrow or affliction; as, a grievous cry

  4. Origin: [OF. grevous, grevos, LL. gravosus. See Grief.]

How to pronounce grievous?

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How to say grievous in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of grievous in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of grievous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of grievous in a Sentence

  1. Aeschylus:

    A prosperous fool is a grievous burden.

  2. Book of Proverbs:

    A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

  3. Marcus Aurelius:

    How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.

  4. Sophocles:

    Of no mortal say, 'That man is happy,' till vexed by no grievous ill he pass Life's goal.

  5. Deputy Raymond Mattiucci:

    I can’t tell you how many times [Scott and Nash] flat out said we got your back, i made a grievous error believing them.

Images & Illustrations of grievous

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