Definition of grief in US English:

grief

noun

  • 1Deep sorrow, especially that caused by someone's death.

    ‘she was overcome with grief’
    • ‘If you have lost someone or have been struggling with grief check out the fact sheets below.’
    • ‘It is important to seek professional help when you feel overwhelmed by your grief or memories.’
    • ‘But the loving bonds we share with pets are real, and so are the feelings of loss and grief when they die.’
    • ‘Wearing dark glasses, she had to be helped into a car as she was overcome by grief.’
    • ‘Her death caused intense grief in the parish.’
    • ‘The chaotic circumstances of burial often compounded a family's grief.’
    • ‘Sarah wrote her book on coping with grief after the death of her daughter.’
    • ‘Mr Lewis had owned a second-hand shop in Victoria Road, but in his grief after Terry's death he turned to drink.’
    • ‘The untimely death of Mr Woodhouse caused her immense grief and distress.’
    • ‘Women and their partners may experience intense grief as they mourn their loss.’
    • ‘More difficult to handle than the immediate grief is the permanence of loss that sets in later.’
    • ‘Words could not describe the grief felt by the small but united community of Nurney.’
    • ‘Grief over a traumatic death does not follow an accepted timeline.’
    • ‘She was well known and respected in the area and her death has caused much grief and sorrow.’
    • ‘Support from others can be a reminder that grief is a universal experience and that you are not alone.’
    • ‘He nurses the old man lovingly and is filled with grief at his death.’
    • ‘A devastated couple have told the Advertiser of their grief following the death of their baby son.’
    • ‘People's grief, and other reactions to emotional trauma, are as individual as a fingerprint.’
    • ‘They express grief at the death of Jesus and perhaps also at the death of the hopes that they had had in him.’
    • ‘Neither Chris nor Mom would want us to let our grief consume our lives.’
    sorrow, misery, sadness, anguish, pain, distress, agony, torment, affliction, suffering, heartache, heartbreak, broken-heartedness, heaviness of heart, woe, desolation, despondency, dejection, despair, angst, mortification
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    1. 1.1informal Trouble or annoyance.
      ‘we were too tired to cause any grief’
      • ‘Somehow, I'm expecting a little grief from the people I work with tomorrow.’
      • ‘He preys on vulnerable women with money, and has no problem smacking them around if they give him any grief.’
      • ‘We are having so many problems with kids running down and causing grief to the elderly residents that live here.’
      • ‘We've got a bye this weekend, which means I've got a chance to sort out a back problem that has been giving me a bit of grief in recent matches.’
      • ‘It's hard to resist the premonition that Equitable's problems are far from over and more grief lies ahead.’
      • ‘It particularly bothers me that they give me even more grief than normal simply if I'm dressed in a tie.’
      • ‘I am getting constant grief from them about returning to Pattaya for this event.’
      • ‘My brakes gave me some grief after the second to last stop.’
      trouble, annoyance, bother, irritation, vexation, harassment, nuisance
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Phrases

  • come to grief

    • Have an accident; meet with disaster.

      ‘many a ship has come to grief along this shore’
      • ‘Little wonder so many road users have come to grief.’
      • ‘Instead of climbers, it was the new breed of fellwalkers who were coming to grief on the hills, getting lost, breaking limbs and falling victim to hypothermia and heart attacks.’
      • ‘Recent two-term presidents have come to grief in their second spell in the White House.’
      • ‘Credit experts warned that dozens of families were already coming to grief in the ‘buy now, pay later’ culture.’
      • ‘But many sailing ships came to grief in the stormy waters and ended their days in the Falklands.’
      • ‘Some car or truck has already come to grief at the roundabout and the trace of that accident is still clearly visible.’
      • ‘Anyone not knowing the river would quickly come to grief.’
      • ‘Many ships have come to grief on the Farne Islands, a few miles off the Northumberland coast.’
      • ‘They came to grief after detectives, posing as punters and using hidden cameras to catch the culprits red-handed, set up nine bogus deals with gang members.’
      • ‘He helped engineer his re-election, before coming to grief in last year's mid-term elections when the increasingly unpopular Republicans lost their grip on Congress.’
      fail, meet with failure, meet with disaster, miscarry, go wrong, go awry, fall through, fall flat, be frustrated, break down, collapse, founder, fold, come to nothing, come to naught
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  • give someone grief

    • informal Criticize or make trouble for someone.

      ‘he gave me grief about typos’
      • ‘This Mum has just told her daughter that she can rely on her for support regardless of what happens in the future and the father is giving her grief over it!’
      • ‘No one can give them grief for selling out because they haven't changed an item of their manifesto in seven years.’
      • ‘The project manager gave me grief over the fact that my designs were "too detailed".’
      • ‘The EU has given his department grief for not implementing measures, particularly in relation to water quality.’
      • ‘He wants some fun money to splurge with his kid at a ball game or buy a scooter without his wife giving him grief over spending too much.’
  • good grief!

    • An exclamation of irritation, frustration, or surprise.

      • ‘Good grief, I'll have MI5 watching me as a potential cult leader.’
      • ‘Good grief - the man really must be as high as a kite.’
      • ‘Good grief, Nat, where on earth have you been? You look like you got dragged through a hedge backwards and then thrown back through it again!’
      • ‘Nina? Good grief! You gave me a scare!’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

grief

/ɡrif//ɡrēf/