Definition of grievous adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

grievous

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˈɡriːvəs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡriːvəs//
 
(formal)
 
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very serious and often causing great pain or suffering He had been the victim of a grievous injustice. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French greveus, from grever ‘burden, encumber’, based on Latin gravare, from gravis ‘heavy, grave’.
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