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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Deep mental anguish, as that arising from bereavement, or an instance of this. synonym: regret.
  • noun A source or cause of deep mental anguish.
  • noun Annoyance or frustration, or an instance of this.
  • noun Trouble or difficulty, or an instance of this.
  • noun Informal Criticism or rude talk.
  • noun Archaic A grievance.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Regretful or remorseful sorrow; mental distress or misery caused by something done or suffered by one's self or others; affliction; woe.
  • noun Cause of sorrow or pain; that which afflicts or distresses; grievance.
  • noun Bodily pain; physical suffering.
  • noun Synonyms Sorrow, Wretchedness, etc. (see affliction); bitterness, heartache, anguish, agony, woe.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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.
  • noun Cause of sorrow or pain; that which afficts or distresses; trial; grievance.
  • noun rare Physical pain, or a cause of it; malady.
  • noun [Colloq.] to meet with calamity, accident, defeat, ruin, etc., causing grief; to turn out badly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun countable Cause or instance of sorrow or pain; that which afflicts or distresses; trial.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun something that causes great unhappiness
  • noun intense sorrow caused by loss of a loved one (especially by death)

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old French, from grever, to harm, aggrieve; see grieve.]

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From Middle English greef, gref, from Old French grief ("grave, heavy, grievous, sad"), from Latin gravis ("heavy, grievous, sad.")

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