Definition of grief in English:

grief

noun

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

    ‘she was overcome with grief’
    • ‘Sarah wrote her book on coping with grief after the death of her daughter.’
    • ‘Women and their partners may experience intense grief as they mourn their loss.’
    • ‘The chaotic circumstances of burial often compounded a family's grief.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘More difficult to handle than the immediate grief is the permanence of loss that sets in later.’
    • ‘It is important to seek professional help when you feel overwhelmed by your grief or memories.’
    • ‘Grief over a traumatic death does not follow an accepted timeline.’
    • ‘People's grief, and other reactions to emotional trauma, are as individual as a fingerprint.’
    • ‘Her death caused intense grief in the parish.’
    • ‘A devastated couple have told the Advertiser of their grief following the death of their baby son.’
    • ‘Words could not describe the grief felt by the small but united community of Nurney.’
    • ‘But the loving bonds we share with pets are real, and so are the feelings of loss and grief when they die.’
    • ‘Neither Chris nor Mom would want us to let our grief consume our lives.’
    • ‘The untimely death of Mr Woodhouse caused her immense grief and distress.’
    • ‘They express grief at the death of Jesus and perhaps also at the death of the hopes that they had had in him.’
    • ‘Wearing dark glasses, she had to be helped into a car as she was overcome by grief.’
    • ‘Mr Lewis had owned a second-hand shop in Victoria Road, but in his grief after Terry's death he turned to drink.’
    • ‘If you have lost someone or have been struggling with grief check out the fact sheets below.’
    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’
      • ‘We are having so many problems with kids running down and causing grief to the elderly residents that live here.’
      • ‘My brakes gave me some grief after the second to last stop.’
      • ‘It particularly bothers me that they give me even more grief than normal simply if I'm dressed in a tie.’
      • ‘Somehow, I'm expecting a little grief from the people I work with tomorrow.’
      • ‘I am getting constant grief from them about returning to Pattaya for this event.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He preys on vulnerable women with money, and has no problem smacking them around if they give him any grief.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

grief

/ɡrēf/