Grief meaning

grēf
Intense emotional suffering caused by loss, disaster, misfortune, etc.; acute sorrow; deep sadness.
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Suffering, hardship. [from early 13th c.]
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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.

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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.

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(archaic) A grievance.
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A cause or the subject of such suffering.
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(online gaming) To deliberately harass and annoy or cause grief to other players of a game in order to interfere with their enjoyment of it; especially, to do this as one’s primary activity in the game. [from late 20th Century]
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(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

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come to grief
  • to fail or be ruined
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of grief

  • Middle English from Old French from grever to harm, aggrieve grieve

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

  • From Middle English greef, gref, from Old French grief (“grave, heavy, grievous, sad”), from Latin gravis (“heavy, grievous, sad.”)

    From Wiktionary