When you are treated unfairly at work and you complain to the Human Resources department, this is an example of airing a grievance.
- a circumstance thought to be unjust or injurious and ground for complaint or resentment
- complaint or resentment, or a statement expressing this, against a real or imagined wrong
- a complaint arising from circumstances or conditions relating to one's employment
- the inflicting of injury or hardship
- a cause of injury or hardship
Origin of grievanceMiddle English grevaunce from Old French grevance from grever: see grieve
- a. An actual or supposed circumstance regarded as just cause for complaint.b. A complaint or protestation based on such a circumstance: The warden addressed the inmates' grievances.
- Indignation or resentment stemming from a feeling of having been wronged.
- Obsolete a. The act of inflicting hardship or harm.b. The cause of hardship or harm.
Origin of grievanceMiddle English grevaunce from Old French grevance from grever to harm ; see grieve .
Old French grievance, from the verb grever (“to irritate; to bother; to annoy”) + -ance.
grievance - Legal Definition