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Meaning of GRIEF

Pronunciation:  greef

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  something that causes great unhappiness; "her death was a great grief to John"
  2. [n]  intense sorrow caused by loss of a loved one (especially by death)

GRIEF is a 5 letter word that starts with G.


 Synonyms: brokenheartedness, heartache, heartbreak, sorrow
 See Also: dolor, dolour, negative stimulus, sorrow



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Grief\ (gr[=e]f), n. [OE. grief, gref, OF. grief, gref,
F. grief, L. gravis heavy; akin to Gr. bary`s, Skr. guru,
Goth. ka['u]rus. Cf. {Barometer}, {Grave}, a., {Grieve},
1. Pain of mind on account of something in the past; mental
   suffering arising from any cause, as misfortune, loss of
   friends, misconduct of one's self or others, etc.; sorrow;

         The mother was so afflicted at the loss of a fine
         boy, . . . that she died for grief of it. --Addison.

2. Cause of sorrow or pain; that which afficts or distresses;
   trial; grievance.

         Be factious for redress of all these griefs. --Shak.

3. Physical pain, or a cause of it; malady. [R.]

         This grief (cancerous ulcers) hastened the end of
         that famous mathematician, Mr. Harriot. --Wood.

{To come to grief}, to meet with calamity, accident, defeat,
   ruin, etc., causing grief; to turn out badly. [Colloq.]

Syn: Affiction; sorrow; distress; sadness; trial; grievance.

Usage: {Grief}, {Sorrow}, {Sadness}. Sorrow is the generic
       term; grief is sorrow for some definite cause -- one
       which commenced, at least, in the past; sadness is
       applied to a permanent mood of the mind. Sorrow is
       transient in many cases; but the grief of a mother for
       the loss of a favorite child too often turns into
       habitual sadness. ``Grief is sometimes considered as
       synonymous with sorrow; and in this case we speak of
       the transports of grief. At other times it expresses
       more silent, deep, and painful affections, such as are
       inspired by domestic calamities, particularly by the
       loss of friends and relatives, or by the distress,
       either of body or mind, experienced by those whom we
       love and value.'' --Cogan. See {Affliction}.

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