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Meaning of GRIEVANCE

Pronunciation:  'greevuns

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a resentment strong enough to justify retaliation; "holding a grudge"; "settling a score"
  2. [n]  a complaint about a (real or imaginary) wrong that causes resentment and is grounds for action
  3. [n]  an allegation that something imposes an illegal obligation or denies some legal right or causes injustice

GRIEVANCE is a 9 letter word that starts with G.


 Synonyms: grudge, score
 See Also: allegation, bitterness, complaint, gall, rancor, rancour, resentment



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Griev"ance\, n. [OF. grevance. See {Grieve}, v. t.]
1. A cause of uneasiness and complaint; a wrong done and
   suffered; that which gives ground for remonstrance or
   resistance, as arising from injustice, tyranny, etc.;

2. Grieving; grief; affliction.

         The . . . grievance of a mind unreasonably yoked.

Syn: Burden; oppression; hardship; trouble.

Legal Dictionary
 Definition: In labor law a complaint filed by an employee regarding working conditions to be resolved by procedural machinery provided in the union contract. An injury, injustice, or wrong which gives ground for complaint.
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