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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Law The part of a charge or an accusation that weighs most substantially against the accused.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The grievance complained of; the substantial cause of the action; also, in general, the ground or essence of a complaint.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The grievance complained of; the substantial cause of the action; also, in general, the ground or essence of a complaint. Bouvier.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The burden or chief weight; that part of an accusation which weighs most heavily against the accused; the substantial cause of an action at law; ground or burden of complaint in general.
  • n. In the Ch. of Eng., a representation by the lower house of Convocation to the upper of an existing grievance, disorder, or inconvenience affecting the church.

Etymologies

Medieval Latin gravāmen, injury, accusation, from Late Latin, encumbrance, obligation, from Latin gravāre, to burden, from gravis, heavy; see grave2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin gravare to load (Wiktionary)

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