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.

-- Griev"ous*ly, adv. -- Griev"ous*ness, n.


© Webster 1913.

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