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From Middle English grevously; equivalent to grievous +‎ -ly.


grievously (comparative more grievously, superlative most grievously)

  1. In a grievous manner, severely.
    • c. 1587–1588, [Christopher Marlowe], Tamburlaine the Great. [] The First Part [], 2nd edition, part 1, London: [] [R. Robinson for] Richard Iones, [], published 1592, →OCLC; reprinted as Tamburlaine the Great (A Scolar Press Facsimile), Menston, Yorkshire, London: Scolar Press, 1973, →ISBN, Act III, scene iii:
      Thoſe Chriſtian Captiues, which you keepe as ſlaues, []
      when they chance to reſt or breath a ſpace,
      Are puniſht with Baſtones so grieuouſly,
      That they lie panting on the Gallies ſide.
    • 2011 November 21, David Gergen, “Have they gone nuts in Washington?”, in[1]:
      That's why this failure of the super committee represents a reckless, irresponsible gamble by our "leaders" in Washington. It's difficult to remember a Congress that has put the nation so much at risk in the service of ideology and to hold onto office. Partisans on both sides are grievously failing the country.