his death was a grievous blow

serious, severe, grave, bad, critical, dreadful, terrible, awful, crushing, calamitous; painful, agonizing, traumatic, wounding, damaging, injurious; sharp, acute
slight, trivial

a grievous sin

heinous, grave, deplorable, shocking, appalling, atrocious, gross, dreadful, egregious, iniquitous
venial, trivial

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  • Grievous — Griev ous, a. [OF. grevous, grevos, LL. gravosus. See {Grief}.] 1. Causing grief or sorrow; painful; afflictive; hard to bear; offensive; harmful. [1913 Webster] The famine was grievous in the land. Gen. xii. 10. [1913 Webster] The thing was very …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • grievous — [grēv′əs] adj. [ME grevous < OFr < grever: see GRIEVE] 1. causing grief 2. showing or characterized by grief [a grievous cry] 3. causing suffering; hard to bear; severe [grievous pain] 4. very serious; deplorable [a grievous fault …   English World dictionary

  • grievous — I adjective afflicting, afflictive, agonizing, appalling, arrant, atrocious, bad, base, bitter, burdensome, cataclysmic, catastrophic, crushing, cutting, deplorable, detrimental, dire, disastrous, distressing, doleful, dolorous, dreadful,… …   Law dictionary

  • grievous — (adj.) c.1300, from Anglo Fr. grevous (O.Fr. grevos) heavy, hard, toilsome, from grief (see GRIEF (Cf. grief)). Legal term grievous bodily harm attested from 1803 …   Etymology dictionary

  • grievous — meaning ‘severe, causing grief or suffering’ (as in grievous bodily harm), is sometimes wrongly pronounced as if it were grievious, and even spelt this way …   Modern English usage

  • grievous — [adj] severe, painful; serious afflicting, agonizing, appalling, atrocious, calamitous, damaging, deplorable, dire, dismal, disquieting, distressing, disturbing, dreadful, egregious, flagrant, glaring, grave, harmful, heart rending, heavy*,… …   New thesaurus

  • grievous — ► ADJECTIVE formal ▪ (of something bad) very severe or serious. DERIVATIVES grievously adverb grievousness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • Grievous — Général Grievous Général Grievous Personnage de La Guerre des étoiles Position Général de la Confédération des systèmes indépendants Planète natale …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Grievous — Dieser Artikel umfasst die wichtigsten Charaktere der Star Wars Filme. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Hauptpersonen 1.1 Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader 1.2 Boba Fett 1.3 C 3PO 1.4 Chewbacca …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • grievous — [[t]gri͟ːvəs[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n If you describe something such as a loss as grievous, you mean that it is extremely serious or worrying in its effects. Their loss would be a grievous blow to our engineering industries... Mr Morris said …   English dictionary

  • grievous — griev•ous [[t]ˈgri vəs[/t]] adj. 1) causing grief or great sorrow: a grievous loss[/ex] 2) causing serious harm; flagrant; atrocious: a grievous offense[/ex] 3) characterized by great pain or suffering: arrested for causing grievous bodily… …   From formal English to slang

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