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ADJECTIVE (4)

1. causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm;
- Example: "a dangerous operation"
- Example: "a grave situation"
- Example: "a grave illness"
- Example: "grievous bodily harm"
- Example: "a serious wound"
- Example: "a serious turn of events"
- Example: "a severe case of pneumonia"
- Example: "a life-threatening disease"
[syn: dangerous, grave, grievous, serious, severe, life-threatening]

2. causing or marked by grief or anguish;
- Example: "a grievous loss"
- Example: "a grievous cry"
- Example: "her sigh was heartbreaking"
- Example: "the heartrending words of Rabin's granddaughter"
[syn: grievous, heartbreaking, heartrending]

3. of great gravity or crucial import; requiring serious thought;
- Example: "grave responsibilities"
- Example: "faced a grave decision in a time of crisis"
- Example: "a grievous fault"
- Example: "heavy matters of state"
- Example: "the weighty matters to be discussed at the peace conference"
[syn: grave, grievous, heavy, weighty]

4. shockingly brutal or cruel;
- Example: "murder is an atrocious crime"
- Example: "a grievous offense against morality"
- Example: "a grievous crime"
- Example: "no excess was too monstrous for them to commit"
[syn: atrocious, flagitious, grievous, monstrous]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Grievous \Griev"ous\, a. [OF. grevous, grevos, LL. gravosus. See Grief.] 1. Causing grief or sorrow; painful; afflictive; hard to bear; offensive; harmful. [1913 Webster] The famine was grievous in the land. --Gen. xii. 10. [1913 Webster] The thing was very grievous in Abraham's sight. --Gen. xxi. 11. [1913 Webster] 2. Characterized by great atrocity; heinous; aggravated; flagitious; as, a grievous sin. --Gen. xviii. 20. [1913 Webster] 3. Full of, or expressing, grief; showing great sorrow or affliction; as, a grievous cry. -- Griev"ous*ly, adv. -- Griev"ous*ness, n. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

grievous adj 1: causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm; "a dangerous operation"; "a grave situation"; "a grave illness"; "grievous bodily harm"; "a serious wound"; "a serious turn of events"; "a severe case of pneumonia"; "a life-threatening disease" [syn: dangerous, grave, grievous, serious, severe, life-threatening] 2: causing or marked by grief or anguish; "a grievous loss"; "a grievous cry"; "her sigh was heartbreaking"; "the heartrending words of Rabin's granddaughter" [syn: grievous, heartbreaking, heartrending] 3: of great gravity or crucial import; requiring serious thought; "grave responsibilities"; "faced a grave decision in a time of crisis"; "a grievous fault"; "heavy matters of state"; "the weighty matters to be discussed at the peace conference" [syn: grave, grievous, heavy, weighty] 4: shockingly brutal or cruel; "murder is an atrocious crime"; "a grievous offense against morality"; "a grievous crime"; "no excess was too monstrous for them to commit" [syn: atrocious, flagitious, grievous, monstrous]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

157 Moby Thesaurus words for "grievous": abominable, acute, affecting, afflictive, aggrieved, anguished, appalling, arrant, atrocious, awful, base, beastly, beneath contempt, bitter, black, blameworthy, bleak, brutal, burdensome, calamitous, careworn, cataclysmal, cataclysmic, catastrophic, cheerless, comfortless, contemptible, damaging, dangerous, demanding, deplorable, depressing, depressive, despicable, destructive, detestable, dire, disastrous, discomforting, disgusting, dismal, dismaying, distasteful, distressful, distressing, doleful, dolorific, dolorogenic, dolorous, dreadful, dreary, dumb with grief, egregious, enormous, exacting, exigent, fatal, fell, fetid, filthy, flagrant, foul, fulsome, galling, grave, grief-stricken, griefful, grieved, gross, harmful, hateful, heartbreaking, heartrending, heavy, heinous, horrible, horrid, hurtful, in grief, infamous, intolerable, joyless, lamentable, loathsome, lousy, lugubrious, major, monstrous, mournful, moving, nasty, nefarious, noisome, notorious, obnoxious, odious, offensive, oppressive, outrageous, painful, pathetic, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, plaintive, plangent, plunged in grief, poignant, rank, regrettable, reprehensible, repulsive, rotten, rueful, ruinous, sad, saddening, scandalous, schlock, scurvy, serious, severe, shabby, shameful, sharp, shocking, shoddy, sordid, sore, sorrowed, sorrowful, sorrowing, squalid, superincumbent, taxing, tearful, terrible, too bad, touching, tough, tragic, ugly, unbearable, unclean, uncomfortable, unfortunate, unpalatable, vile, villainous, weighty, woebegone, woeful, worst, worthless, wounding, wreckful, wretched