Gravamen meaning

grə-vāmən
The main claim or most important aspect of a complaint against a defendant.
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A grievance.
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(law) The essential part of a complaint or accusation.
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The substance or core argument of a legal document or position taken.
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The grievance complained of; the substantial cause of the action; also, in general, the ground or essence of a complaint.
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Origin of gravamen

  • Medieval Latin gravāmen injury, accusation from Late Latin encumbrance, obligation from Latin gravāre to burden from gravis heavy grave2

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin gravare (“to load”).

    From Wiktionary