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Meaning of grievous

griev•ous

Pronunciation: (grē'vus), [key]
— adj.
  1. causing grief or great sorrow: grievous news.
  2. flagrant; outrageous; atrocious: a grievous offense against morality.
  3. full of or expressing grief; sorrowful: a grievous cry.
  4. burdensome or oppressive.
  5. causing great pain or suffering: arrested for causing grievous bodily harm to someone in a bar.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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