Pronunciation: (grē'vus), [key]
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.
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