grievous

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Grievous \Griev"ous\, adjective [OF. grevous, grevos, LL. gravosus. See {Grief}.]

1. Causing grief or sorrow; painful; afflictive; hard to bear; offensive; harmful.

The famine was grievous in the land. --Gen. xii. 10.

The thing was very grievous in Abraham's sight. --Gen. xxi. 11.

2. Characterized by great atrocity; heinous; aggravated; flagitious; as, a grievous sin. --Gen. xviii. 20.

3. Full of, or expressing, grief; showing great sorrow or affliction; as, a grievous cry. -- {Griev"ous*ly}, adverb -- {Griev"ous*ness}, noun

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

grievous

adjective

1: causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm; "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" [syn: {dangerous}, {grave}, {grievous}, {serious}, {severe}, {life-threatening}]

2: causing or marked by grief or anguish; "a grievous loss"; "a grievous cry"; "her sigh was heartbreaking"; "the heartrending words of Rabin's granddaughter" [syn: {grievous}, {heartbreaking}, {heartrending}]

3: of great gravity or crucial import; requiring serious thought; "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" [syn: {grave}, {grievous}, {heavy}, {weighty}]

4: shockingly brutal or cruel; "murder is an atrocious crime"; "a grievous offense against morality"; "a grievous crime"; "no excess was too monstrous for them to commit" [syn: {atrocious}, {flagitious}, {grievous}, {monstrous}]


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