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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Grievous  \Griev"ous\,  a.  [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},  adv  -- 
  {Griev"ous*ness},  n. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  grievous 
  adj  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"  [syn:  {dangerous},  {grave},  {serious},  {severe}] 
  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:  {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},  {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},  {heinous},  {monstrous}] 




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