grief

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English greef, gref, borrowed from Old French grief (grave, heavy, grievous, sad), from Latin gravis (heavy, grievous, sad). Doublet of grave.

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Noun[edit]

grief (countable and uncountable, plural griefs)

  1. Suffering, hardship. [from early 13th c.]
  2. Pain of mind arising from misfortune, significant personal loss, bereavement, 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.
    • 1576, George Whetstone, “The Ortchard of Repentance: Wherein is Reported the Miseries of Dice, the Mischiefes of Quarelling, and the Fall of Prodigalitie. Wherein is Discovered the Deceits of all Sortes of People. Wherein is Reported the Souden Endes of Foure Notable Cousiners. With Divers Other Discourses Necessarie for All Sortes of Men [...]”, in The Rocke of Regard, Diuided into Foure Parts. [...], Imprinted at London: [By H. Middleton] for Robert Waley, OCLC 837515946; republished as J[ohn] P[ayne] Collier, editor, The Rocke of Regard, Diuided into Foure Parts. [...] (Illustrations of Early English Poetry; vol. 2, no. 2), London: Privately printed, [1867?], OCLC 706027473, page 291:
      And ſure, although it was invented to eaſe his mynde of griefe, there be a number of caveats therein to forewarne other young gentlemen to foreſtand with good government their folowing yl fortunes; []
  3. (countable) Cause or instance of sorrow or pain; that which afflicts or distresses; trial.
    • Bible, Isaiah 53:4
      Surely, he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows.

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Verb[edit]

grief (third-person singular simple present griefs, present participle griefing, simple past and past participle griefed)

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  1. (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]

Usage notes[edit]

  • This verb is most commonly found in the gerund-participle griefing and the derived noun griefer.

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Noun[edit]

grief f (plural grieven, diminutive griefje n)

  1. (chiefly plural) grievance, axe to grind

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French grief, from Vulgar Latin grevis (influenced by its antonym, levis), from Latin gravis, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *gʷréh₂us. Doublet of grave.

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Adjective[edit]

grief (feminine singular griève, masculine plural griefs, feminine plural grièves)

  1. (archaic, literary) grievous

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Noun[edit]

grief m (plural griefs)

  1. complaint
  2. grief
  3. grievance (formal complaint filed with an authority)

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Ladin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Vulgar Latin *grevis, from Latin gravis.

Adjective[edit]

grief m (feminine singular grieva, masculine plural griefs, feminine plural grieves)

  1. arduous
  2. difficult
  3. steep

Old French[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • gref (typically Anglo-Norman)

Etymology[edit]

Probably from the verb grever, or from Vulgar Latin grevis (influenced by its antonym, levis), from Latin gravis.

Noun[edit]

grief m (oblique plural griés, nominative singular griés, nominative plural grief)

  1. pain; anguish; suffering

Adjective[edit]

grief m (oblique and nominative feminine singular grieve)

  1. sad
    • late 12th century, anonymous, La Folie de Tristan d'Oxford, page 386 (of the Champion Classiques edition of Le Roman de Tristan, →ISBN, line 552:
      Mult ai le quer gref e marri.

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