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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GRIEVOUS

A grievous error it is to suppose that Cupid's artillery is limited to bow and arrows.

For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

The country was saddened, moreover, with grievous sicknesses.

For three years past, this grievous calamity had been borne.

That they did not do so was a grievous disappointment from the beginning.

Yet it is a grievous thing to an honest man to be suspected.

But more things, and most grievous ones, were happening with equal suddenness.

His sense of proportion was far too acute to permit so grievous an error.

They had, moreover, one grievous blot on their conduct as bishops.

Not but that in this department he committed great and grievous mistakes.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, from Anglo-French grevous (Old French grevos) "heavy, hard, toilsome," from grief (see grief). Legal term grievous bodily harm attested from 1803.

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