Definition of grief in English:

grief

noun

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

    ‘she was overcome with grief’
    • ‘He nurses the old man lovingly and is filled with grief at his death.’
    • ‘The untimely death of Mr Woodhouse caused her immense grief and distress.’
    • ‘If you have lost someone or have been struggling with grief check out the fact sheets below.’
    • ‘Grief over a traumatic death does not follow an accepted timeline.’
    • ‘Women and their partners may experience intense grief as they mourn their loss.’
    • ‘Support from others can be a reminder that grief is a universal experience and that you are not alone.’
    • ‘People's grief, and other reactions to emotional trauma, are as individual as a fingerprint.’
    • ‘A devastated couple have told the Advertiser of their grief following the death of their baby son.’
    • ‘Neither Chris nor Mom would want us to let our grief consume our lives.’
    • ‘The chaotic circumstances of burial often compounded a family's grief.’
    • ‘They express grief at the death of Jesus and perhaps also at the death of the hopes that they had had in him.’
    • ‘Her death caused intense grief in the parish.’
    • ‘Mr Lewis had owned a second-hand shop in Victoria Road, but in his grief after Terry's death he turned to drink.’
    • ‘More difficult to handle than the immediate grief is the permanence of loss that sets in later.’
    • ‘Sarah wrote her book on coping with grief after the death of her daughter.’
    • ‘Words could not describe the grief felt by the small but united community of Nurney.’
    • ‘It is important to seek professional help when you feel overwhelmed by your grief or memories.’
    • ‘Wearing dark glasses, she had to be helped into a car as she was overcome by grief.’
    • ‘She was well known and respected in the area and her death has caused much grief and sorrow.’
    • ‘But the loving bonds we share with pets are real, and so are the feelings of loss and grief when they die.’
    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’
      • ‘I am getting constant grief from them about returning to Pattaya for this event.’
      • ‘It particularly bothers me that they give me even more grief than normal simply if I'm dressed in a tie.’
      • ‘It's hard to resist the premonition that Equitable's problems are far from over and more grief lies ahead.’
      • ‘We are having so many problems with kids running down and causing grief to the elderly residents that live here.’
      • ‘He preys on vulnerable women with money, and has no problem smacking them around if they give him any grief.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Somehow, I'm expecting a little grief from the people I work with tomorrow.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Recent two-term presidents have come to grief in their second spell in the White House.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But many sailing ships came to grief in the stormy waters and ended their days in the Falklands.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Many ships have come to grief on the Farne Islands, a few miles off the Northumberland coast.’
      • ‘Credit experts warned that dozens of families were already coming to grief in the ‘buy now, pay later’ culture.’
      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 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.’
      • ‘The project manager gave me grief over the fact that my designs were "too detailed".’
  • good grief!

    • An exclamation of irritation, frustration, or surprise.

      • ‘Good grief, I'll have MI5 watching me as a potential cult leader.’
      • ‘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!’
      • ‘Good grief - the man really must be as high as a kite.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

grief

/ɡrif//ɡrēf/