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grievous - Dictionary definition and meaning for word grievous

(adj) causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm
Example Sentence
  • 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

(adj) causing or marked by grief or anguish
Example Sentence
  • a grievous loss
  • a grievous cry
  • her sigh was heartbreaking
  • the heartrending words of Rabin's granddaughter

(adj) of great gravity or crucial import; requiring serious thought
Synonyms : grave , heavy , weighty
Example Sentence
  • 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

(adj) shockingly brutal or cruel
Synonyms : atrocious , flagitious , monstrous
Example Sentence
  • murder is an atrocious crime
  • a grievous offense against morality
  • a grievous crime
  • no excess was too monstrous for them to commit

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for grievous

we always say like a soul from grave threatens us or causes fear so grievous is like from grave...
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by sushiladhikari

GRE V(ery) (ser)IOUS
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