grievous

grievous
grievous
meaning ‘severe, causing grief or suffering’ (as in grievous bodily harm), is sometimes wrongly pronounced as if it were grievious, and even spelt this way.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Grievous — Griev ous, a. [OF. grevous, grevos, LL. gravosus. See {Grief}.] 1. Causing grief or sorrow; painful; afflictive; hard to bear; offensive; harmful. [1913 Webster] The famine was grievous in the land. Gen. xii. 10. [1913 Webster] The thing was very …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • grievous — [grēv′əs] adj. [ME grevous < OFr < grever: see GRIEVE] 1. causing grief 2. showing or characterized by grief [a grievous cry] 3. causing suffering; hard to bear; severe [grievous pain] 4. very serious; deplorable [a grievous fault …   English World dictionary

  • grievous — I adjective afflicting, afflictive, agonizing, appalling, arrant, atrocious, bad, base, bitter, burdensome, cataclysmic, catastrophic, crushing, cutting, deplorable, detrimental, dire, disastrous, distressing, doleful, dolorous, dreadful,… …   Law dictionary

  • grievous — (adj.) c.1300, from Anglo Fr. grevous (O.Fr. grevos) heavy, hard, toilsome, from grief (see GRIEF (Cf. grief)). Legal term grievous bodily harm attested from 1803 …   Etymology dictionary

  • grievous — [adj] severe, painful; serious afflicting, agonizing, appalling, atrocious, calamitous, damaging, deplorable, dire, dismal, disquieting, distressing, disturbing, dreadful, egregious, flagrant, glaring, grave, harmful, heart rending, heavy*,… …   New thesaurus

  • grievous — ► ADJECTIVE formal ▪ (of something bad) very severe or serious. DERIVATIVES grievously adverb grievousness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • Grievous — Général Grievous Général Grievous Personnage de La Guerre des étoiles Position Général de la Confédération des systèmes indépendants Planète natale …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Grievous — Dieser Artikel umfasst die wichtigsten Charaktere der Star Wars Filme. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Hauptpersonen 1.1 Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader 1.2 Boba Fett 1.3 C 3PO 1.4 Chewbacca …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • grievous — [[t]gri͟ːvəs[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n If you describe something such as a loss as grievous, you mean that it is extremely serious or worrying in its effects. Their loss would be a grievous blow to our engineering industries... Mr Morris said …   English dictionary

  • grievous — griev•ous [[t]ˈgri vəs[/t]] adj. 1) causing grief or great sorrow: a grievous loss[/ex] 2) causing serious harm; flagrant; atrocious: a grievous offense[/ex] 3) characterized by great pain or suffering: arrested for causing grievous bodily… …   From formal English to slang

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