Adjective "grief" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Intense sorrow, especially caused by someone's death.
  1. 'A devastated couple have told the Advertiser of their grief following the death of their baby son.'
  2. 'If you have lost someone or have been struggling with grief check out the fact sheets below.'
  3. 'Women and their partners may experience intense grief as they mourn their loss.'
  4. 'More difficult to handle than the immediate grief is the permanence of loss that sets in later.'
  5. 'But the loving bonds we share with pets are real, and so are the feelings of loss and grief when they die.'
  6. 'It is important to seek professional help when you feel overwhelmed by your grief or memories.'
  7. 'People's grief, and other reactions to emotional trauma, are as individual as a fingerprint.'
  8. 'Grief over a traumatic death does not follow an accepted timeline.'
  9. 'She was well known and respected in the area and her death has caused much grief and sorrow.'
  10. 'Neither Chris nor Mom would want us to let our grief consume our lives.'
  11. 'time heals griefs and quarrels'
  12. 'I suddenly feel that he's perhaps feeling a bigger grief than the rest of us.'
  13. 'What private griefs they have, alas, I know not.'
  14. 'Chief among the griefs that she visits in this and her other novels is the tragedy inherent in the evanescence of all things human.'
  15. 'They know each other well, they share their griefs and sorrows.'
  16. 'The Old Testament itself speaks prophetically of Christ: ‘Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows.’'
  17. 'The greatest griefs are those we cause ourselves.'
  18. 'Can we find ways to accept what we do and what happens to us in life's joys and griefs, successes and failures, and even its routines and boredom?'
  19. 'As the family wait for Peseola to reveal the reason he has called them together, they explore their past, their hopes and griefs, their conflicts and failures until, at the climax, a painful family secret is revealed.'
  20. 'Much better, indeed the book's most impressive achievement, are the chapters in which Agatha and Paddy are together, trying to negotiate their way jointly through their shared but entirely distinct griefs.'
  21. 'It was a particular grief for him to see the army to which he had devoted his life dismembered by partition in 1947.'
Trouble or annoyance.
  1. 'I am getting constant grief from them about returning to Pattaya for this event.'
  2. 'Somehow, I'm expecting a little grief from the people I work with tomorrow.'
  3. 'It's hard to resist the premonition that Equitable's problems are far from over and more grief lies ahead.'
  4. 'My brakes gave me some grief after the second to last stop.'

More definitions


1. keen mental suffering or distress over affliction or loss; sharp sorrow; painful regret.

2. a cause or occasion of keen distress or sorrow.


3. come to grief, to suffer disappointment, misfortune, or other trouble; fail: Their marriage came to grief after only two years.

4. good grief, (used as an exclamation of dismay, surprise, or relief): Good grief, it's started to rain again!


Middle English: from Old French grief, from grever ‘to burden’ (see grieve).


come to grief
give someone grief
good grief!