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  • n. the quality or state of being grievous

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The condition or quality of being grievous or deplorable; affliction; injuriousness; atrocity; enormity.


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From grievous +‎ -ness


  • The grievousness of this you will never understand, my grandsons; for you are yourselves Primitive little savages, unaware of aught else but savagery.

    Page 6

  • Congressional ethics is a lot like sin, falling across an expansive scale of grievousness from the venial (for which a reprimand) to the mortal (eternal expulsion from the House and possibly prison).

    Privileges of the House

  • People in a position to know said the grievousness of Senator Vitter's sin was not likely to be a major factor.

    Peter Smith: Vatican: Only Catholic Jesus Can Forgive Senator Vitter

  • I don't tend to subscribe to conspiracy theories (though the grievousness of the error was further revealed when the NFL did not fine Porter for his breach of protocol.)

    Play it Again, NFL

  • The grievousness of this above all other diseases.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • God (saith [6779] Fulgentius) is delighted in the conversion of a sinner, he sets no time; prolixitas temporis Deo non praejudicat, aut gravitas peccati, deferring of time or grievousness of sin, do not prejudicate his grace, things past and to come are all one to Him, as present: 'tis never too late to repent.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Chapter 10 1. Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed; 2. To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of my people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless!

    Probably Just One Of Those Funny Coincidences

  • For they fled from the swords, from the drawn sword, and from the bent bow, and from the grievousness of war.

    Probably Just One Of Those Funny Coincidences

  • Though he was obstinately bent on acting in accordance with his own views, yet he was morbidly desirous of discussing the grievousness of his position with his friends.

    He Knew He Was Right

  • And that ` s why I put it in the book to show the grievousness of that flaw.

    Martin Luther


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