American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Deep mental anguish, as that arising from bereavement. See Synonyms at regret.
- n. A source of deep mental anguish.
- n. Annoyance or frustration: Trying to follow their directions was nothing but grief.
- n. Trouble or difficulty: the griefs of trying to meet a deadline.
- n. Archaic A grievance.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Regretful or remorseful sorrow; mental distress or misery caused by something done or suffered by one's self or others; affliction; woe.
- n. Cause of sorrow or pain; that which afflicts or distresses; grievance.
- n. Bodily pain; physical suffering.
- n. Synonyms Sorrow, Wretchedness, etc. (see affliction); bitterness, heartache, anguish, agony, woe.
- n. countable Cause or instance of sorrow or pain; that which afflicts or distresses; trial.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Pain of mind on account of something in the past; mental suffering arising from any cause, as misfortune, loss of friends, misconduct of one's self or others, etc.; sorrow; sadness.
- n. Cause of sorrow or pain; that which afficts or distresses; trial; grievance.
- n. rare Physical pain, or a cause of it; malady.
- n. something that causes great unhappiness
- n. intense sorrow caused by loss of a loved one (especially by death)
- From Middle English greef, gref, from Old French grief ("grave, heavy, grievous, sad"), from Latin gravis ("heavy, grievous, sad.") (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from grever, to harm, aggrieve; see grieve. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“III. ii.43 (306, 6) [For life I prize it As I weigh grief which I would spare] _Life_ is to me now only _grief, _ and as such only is considered by me, I would therefore willingly dismiss it.”
“Only pray let her give way to her grief; much crying, even if it makes her cough for the moment, can do her no real harm, but stifling and swallowing _grief_ (which she”
“Your grief is your business; you deal with it how you need to.”
“She bucks two trends that have come to annoy me in current fiction -- jumping around with the timeline to seem arty while really just making the reader struggle to keep things straight and what I dubbed "grief porn" in an essay last summer -- the kind of emotional manipulation that employs tragedy to keep women readers in particular sucked in.”
“If your not from New York your grief is almost dismissed as being lesser in intensity.”
“Immediately we send what we call grief counselors to the schools to help the friends and neighbors of the children.”
“Those who make a living convincing audiences that they speak to the dead are examples of what I call grief trade workers.”
“And then there's losing a child, which, by all accounts, is so horrendous that what we know as grief barely applies.”
“The people we've got to be really mindful of are Father Cheney and his parishioners because they're what I call grief-stricken you know, they have worked for years and years and years for this project to happen and we were on the cusp as they say for it to happen," said Bishop Boland.”
“A couple of the commentator’s have said that wallowing in grief is bad and that tough love is a good thing – well you’re not wallowing in grief, far from it.”
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