Definition of grief noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɡriːf//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡriːf//
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] grief (over/at something) a feeling of great sadness, especially when somebody dies She was overcome with grief when her husband died. They were able to share their common joys and griefs.
  2. 2[countable, usually singular] something that causes great sadness It was a grief to them that they had no children.
  3. 3[uncountable] (informal) problems and worry He caused his parents a lot of grief.
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French grief, from grever ‘to burden’, based on Latin gravare, from gravis ‘heavy, grave’.Extra examples He feels that he can’t share his grief with anyone. Her parents were stricken with grief. I felt awkward at intruding on their private grief. She understood my grief because she too had lost a child. Such behaviour can cause considerable grief. They are still struggling to come to terms with their grief. grief over the loss of a friend’s life her grief for her dead husband She was stricken with grief when her husband died.Idioms
      come to grief (informal)
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    1. 1to end in total failure All his schemes for making money seem to come to grief.
    2. 2to be harmed in an accident Several pedestrians came to grief on the icy pavement.
    give somebody grief (about/over something)
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    (informal) to be annoyed with somebody and criticize their behaviour
    (informal) used to express surprise or shock Good grief! What a mess!
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