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English adjective: grievous

1. grievous causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm


SamplesA dangerous operation.
A grave situation.
A grave illness.
Grievous bodily harm.
A serious wound.
A serious turn of events.
A severe case of pneumonia.
A life-threatening disease.


Synonymsdangerous, grave, life-threatening, serious, severe


Similarcritical


Antonymsnoncritical, noncrucial

2. grievous causing or marked by grief or anguish


SamplesA grievous loss.
A grievous cry.
Her sigh was heartbreaking.
The heartrending words of Rabin's granddaughter.


Synonymsheartbreaking, heartrending


Similarsorrowful


Antonymsjoyful

3. grievous of great gravity or crucial import; requiring serious thought


SamplesGrave responsibilities.
Faced a grave decision in a time of crisis.
A grievous fault.
Heavy matters of state.
The weighty matters to be discussed at the peace conference.


Synonymsgrave, heavy, weighty


Similarimportant, of import


Antonymsunimportant

4. grievous shockingly brutal or cruel


SamplesMurder is an atrocious crime.
A grievous offense against morality.
A grievous crime.
No excess was too monstrous for them to commit.


Synonymsatrocious, flagitious, monstrous


Similarevil


Antonymsgood









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