grief

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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

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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, 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.
  3. (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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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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Dutch[edit]

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Noun[edit]

grief f (plural grieven, diminutive griefje n)

  1. grievance, axe to grind

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Vulgar Latin grevis, from Latin gravis.

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Adjective[edit]

grief m (feminine 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

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Adjective[edit]

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

  1. arduous
  2. difficult
  3. steep

Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Probably from the verb grever

Noun[edit]

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

  1. pain; anguish; suffering

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