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Definition of Grievous


  1. Causing grief or sorrow; painful; afflictive; hard to bear; offensive; harmful.
  2. Characterized by great atrocity; heinous; aggravated; flagitious; as, a grievous sin.
  3. Full of, or expressing, grief; showing great sorrow or affliction; as, a grievous cry.

Grievous Quotations

How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.
Marcus Aurelius

Trouble springs from idleness, and grievous toil from needless ease.
Benjamin Franklin

Reform is not pleasant, but grievous; no person can reform themselves without suffering and hard work, how much less a nation.
Thomas Carlyle

Strive to attain to the greater virtues, but do not neglect the lesser ones. Do not make light of a fall even if it be the most venial of faults; rather, be quick to repair it by repentance, although many others may commit a large number of faults, slight and grievous, and remain unrepentant.
Saint Basil

It is grievous to read the papers in most respects, I agree. More and more I skim the headlines only, for one can be sure what is carried beneath them quite automatically, if one has long been a reader of the press journalism.
Mary Ritter Beard
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Grievous Translations

grievous in Norwegian is alvorlig
grievous in Spanish is doloroso
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