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

 

grievance

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈɡriːvəns//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡriːvəns//
 
 
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grievance (against somebody) something that you think is unfair and that you complain or protest about Parents were invited to air their grievances (= express them) at the meeting. He had been nursing a grievance against his boss for months. Does the company have a formal grievance procedure (= a way of telling somebody your complaints at work)? These interviews aim to deal with individual grievances. Word Origin Middle English (also in the sense ‘injury’): from Old French grevance, from grever ‘to burden’, based on Latin gravare, from gravis ‘heavy, grave’.Extra examples By the 1950s, political grievances were again being voiced. He had a personal grievance against the professor. MPs spend many hours listening to the real or imagined grievances of their constituents. Managers would make every effort to address individual grievances. Managers would make every effort to remedy individual grievances as they arose. No one would listen to their grievances. She still nursed her old grievance. Some people will complain even if they have no genuine grievance. The meeting will be a chance to air your grievances about the organization. Does the company have a formal grievance procedure? Parents were invited to air their grievances. The offer did nothing to take away her sense of grievance. We have to address the genuine grievances of the protesters.
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