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grievous: griev·ous [gree-vuhs] adjective 1. causing grief or great sorrow: grievous news. 2. flagrant; outrageous; atrocious: a grievous offense against morality. 3. full of or expressing grief; sorrowful: a grievous cry. 4. burdensome or oppressive. 5. causing great pain or suffering: arrested for causing grievous bodily harm to someone in a bar.