Griev"ous (?), a. [OF. grevous, grevos, LL. gravosus. See Grief.]
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.
Characterized by great atrocity; heinous; aggravated; flagitious; as, a grievous sin.
Gen. xviii. 20.
Full of, or expressing, grief; showing great sorrow or affliction; as, a grievous cry.
, adv. -- Griev"ous*ness
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