Definition of grievance in English:



  • 1A real or imagined cause for complaint, especially unfair treatment.

    ‘a website which enabled staff to air their grievances’
    • ‘The government was also aware that workers had genuine grievances.’
    • ‘No, this is a genuine grievance that has existed, as we have seen from the applications to the Commission, for twenty years or more.’
    • ‘A NEW police surgery to allow residents to air their grievances about crime has been launched in Horsforth.’
    • ‘Even if the estate management felt it had a genuine grievance, minor encroachments on estate land are common and generally ignored.’
    • ‘Grievances against universities are preferably resolved within the grievance procedure which universities have today.’
    • ‘But airing those grievances publicly might actually encourage more attacks and make their lives harder.’
    • ‘They have a long list of grievances, whether they're real or not, or imagined.’
    • ‘Beware of perceived grievances that have everything to do with pride, envy, and honor and nothing to do with reality.’
    • ‘Many urban people have the view that farmers are constantly complaining but they do seem to have a genuine grievance about their plight at present.’
    • ‘‘There's no doubt rural communities had some genuine grievances,’ he added.’
    • ‘When publicans turned up to air their grievances before a committee in Leinster House on April 26, they could hardly have wished for a more sympathetic audience.’
    • ‘But the main grievance - excessive bank charges - remains.’
    • ‘Such movements aimed primarily to address specific grievances.’
    • ‘Students who took part in the protest over the poor educational facilities at this campus, aired their grievances with the Waterford News & Star.’
    • ‘Briony Norris, an environmental health officer at the pollution control unit, said around 50 per cent of people who lodged complaints had a genuine grievance.’
    • ‘Earlier this month, he was given the perfect opportunity to air his grievances in public when he appeared before magistrates in Guildford, charged with the same offence.’
    • ‘A discontented student body frequently boycotted classes over various grievances, such as discriminatory practices in medicine.’
    • ‘The rebels' failure to win sympathy from fellow officers is reassuring, but their grievances are real.’
    • ‘Mazibuko promised the unions that the City would look into the workers' grievances.’
    • ‘We could set up a public forum to discuss these issues and allow grievances to be aired.’
    injustice, unjust act, wrong, injury, ill, offence, disservice, unfairness, evil, outrage, atrocity, damage
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    1. 1.1An official statement of a complaint over something believed to be wrong or unfair.
      ‘three pilots have filed grievances against the company’
      • ‘After years of what he considered to be unfair treatment, Natelson filed a grievance with the University.’
      • ‘If the company were to dismiss you simply because you asked for a proper job description or submitted a grievance about your treatment, it would certainly be acting unlawfully.’
      • ‘Likewise, there are clear problems with the confidentiality of the current grievance processes.’
      • ‘The Teamsters announced they would file grievances on behalf of the fired attendants who come from Local 2000.’
      • ‘Upon receipt of this letter, several of the affected faculty members filed grievances with an appropriate faculty committee.’
      • ‘Prior to making these public allegations, no student actually filed a sexual harassment grievance against him.’
      • ‘Prisoners must file a formal grievance to appeal a medical decision, since healthcare is intertwined with strictly correctional functions.’
      • ‘After Benner filed a grievance through the St. Paul Police Federation, he was reinstated.’
      • ‘The faculty association has filed a formal grievance with the University alleging the university broke its contract with faculty.’
      • ‘Engle says that when she filed a grievance, DWP managers denied her overtime pay, hassled her about the dress code and intimidated her by hovering around her workstation.’
      • ‘If a client feels he or she has been treated unfairly, there is the option of filing a grievance.’
      • ‘His seniority revoked and his union grievance rejected, he then decided to try the courts.’
      • ‘Mr. Yousry states that he did not at that time understand himself to have been suspended, and thus he did not approach his union concerning his status, nor did he file any grievance about it.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, the number of union grievances declined by 90 % over six months.’
      • ‘The carrier claimed that even the pilots union agreed there was no merit to LaGrotte's grievance.’
      • ‘Of course she has now filed a grievance against me and we have a meeting with HR later this afternoon.’
      • ‘Under Regulation 15, part-time as well as full-time faculty members may seek redress from an elected faculty grievance committee.’
      • ‘He was reprimanded for telling a judge in open court he would testify against a former client because he had filed a grievance against him.’
      • ‘The players' association filed a grievance yesterday seeking to overturn the Anaheim Angels' suspension of left fielder Jose Guillen.’
      • ‘On the other hand, if police are involved or a license is revoked, the teacher will probably file a grievance with his union.’
    2. 1.2A feeling of resentment over something believed to be wrong or unfair.
      ‘he was nursing a grievance’
      • ‘Unfortunately, though, humans have a tendency to bear grudges and nurse grievances, even when the reasons for doing so are irrational.’
      • ‘As Thomas Frank so convincingly proved in ‘What's The Matter With Kansas’ this sense of grievance is simply what makes guys like him tick.’
      • ‘He does not generally harbour grievances or grudges and it is rare for him to finish a regatta with lingering feelings of resentment towards a rival competitor.’
      • ‘A feeling of grievance can be real even when the grievance itself is not.’
      • ‘Long a festering popular grievance, official corruption has reached endemic levels, with potentially explosive social consequences.’
      complaint, criticism, objection, protestation, charge, protest, grumble, moan, cavil, quibble, problem
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Middle English (also in the sense ‘injury’): from Old French grevance, from grever to burden (see grieve).