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Dictionary definition for: Grievous

1. (s) 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"

2. (s) causing or marked by grief or anguish; "a grievous loss" "a grievous cry" "her sigh was heartbreaking" "the heartrending words of Rabin''s granddaughter"

3. (s) 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"

4. (s) 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"

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