- The definition of grief is a feeling of great sadness, especially when caused by a loss or death, or grief can describe being the cause of trouble for someone.
- An example of grief is what you feel after your spouse dies.
- An example of grief is when you constantly tease your friend about his new haircut.
A man deals with grief.
- intense emotional suffering caused by loss, disaster, misfortune, etc.; acute sorrow; deep sadness
- a cause or the subject of such suffering
- irritation or frustration, esp. from accidents, mishaps, etc.: the griefs of a computer operator
- trouble; difficulty; problem: enough grief for one day
- a cause of any of these
Origin of griefMiddle English gref ; from Old French sorrow, grief ; from grever: see grieve
come to grief
- a. Deep mental anguish, as that arising from bereavement, or an instance of this. See Synonyms at regret.b. A source or cause of deep mental anguish: “That knowledge would be a grief to her” (Tobias Wolff).
- a. Annoyance or frustration, or an instance of this: Trying to follow their directions was nothing but grief.b. Trouble or difficulty, or an instance of this: the griefs of trying to meet a deadline.c. Informal Criticism or rude talk: gave me a lot of grief about being late.
- Archaic A grievance.
Origin of griefMiddle English, from Old French, from grever, to harm, aggrieve; see grieve.
(countable and uncountable, plural griefs)
- Suffering, hardship. [from early 13th c.]
- Pain of mind arising from misfortune, significant personal loss, misconduct of oneself or others, etc.; sorrow; sadness. [from early 14th c.]
- She was worn out from so much grief.
- The betrayal caused Jeff grief.
- (countable) Cause or instance of sorrow or pain; that which afflicts or distresses; trial.
- Surely, he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows. -Isaiah 53:4
(third-person singular simple present griefs, present participle griefing, simple past and past participle griefed)
- This verb is most commonly found in the gerund-participle griefing and the derived noun griefer.
From Middle English greef, gref, from Old French grief (“grave, heavy, grievous, sad”), from Latin gravis (“heavy, grievous, sad.”)