Grievous - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈɡriːvəs|  American pronunciation of the word grievous
Brit.  |ˈɡriːvəs|  British pronunciation of the word grievous

adjective

- causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm(syn: dangerous, grave, life-threatening, serious, severe)

grievous bodily harm

- causing or marked by grief or anguish(syn: heartbreaking, heartrending)

a grievous loss
a grievous cry

- of great gravity or crucial import; requiring serious thought(syn: grave, heavy, weighty)

a grievous fault

- shockingly brutal or cruel(syn: atrocious, flagitious, monstrous)

a grievous offense against morality
a grievous crime

Examples

He took a foolish financial risk and suffered a grievous loss.

He was grievously hurt by their betrayal.

a grievous shortage of hospital beds

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