Definition of grievance in English:



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

    ‘failure to redress genuine grievances’
    • ‘The rebels' failure to win sympathy from fellow officers is reassuring, but their grievances are real.’
    • ‘We could set up a public forum to discuss these issues and allow grievances to be aired.’
    • ‘But airing those grievances publicly might actually encourage more attacks and make their lives harder.’
    • ‘A discontented student body frequently boycotted classes over various grievances, such as discriminatory practices in medicine.’
    • ‘Students who took part in the protest over the poor educational facilities at this campus, aired their grievances with the Waterford News & Star.’
    • ‘A NEW police surgery to allow residents to air their grievances about crime has been launched in Horsforth.’
    • ‘Mazibuko promised the unions that the City would look into the workers' grievances.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But the main grievance - excessive bank charges - remains.’
    • ‘Grievances against universities are preferably resolved within the grievance procedure which universities have today.’
    • ‘The government was also aware that workers had genuine grievances.’
    • ‘They have a long list of grievances, whether they're real or not, or imagined.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Such movements aimed primarily to address specific 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.’
    • ‘Beware of perceived grievances that have everything to do with pride, envy, and honor and nothing to do with reality.’
    • ‘Even if the estate management felt it had a genuine grievance, minor encroachments on estate land are common and generally ignored.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘Likewise, there are clear problems with the confidentiality of the current grievance processes.’
      • ‘The carrier claimed that even the pilots union agreed there was no merit to LaGrotte's grievance.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After years of what he considered to be unfair treatment, Natelson filed a grievance with the University.’
      • ‘Prisoners must file a formal grievance to appeal a medical decision, since healthcare is intertwined with strictly correctional functions.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Upon receipt of this letter, several of the affected faculty members filed grievances with an appropriate faculty committee.’
      • ‘Of course she has now filed a grievance against me and we have a meeting with HR later this afternoon.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘On the other hand, if police are involved or a license is revoked, the teacher will probably file a grievance with his union.’
      • ‘The Teamsters announced they would file grievances on behalf of the fired attendants who come from Local 2000.’
      • ‘The players' association filed a grievance yesterday seeking to overturn the Anaheim Angels' suspension of left fielder Jose Guillen.’
      • ‘The faculty association has filed a formal grievance with the University alleging the university broke its contract with faculty.’
      • ‘Prior to making these public allegations, no student actually filed a sexual harassment grievance against him.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, the number of union grievances declined by 90 % over six months.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After Benner filed a grievance through the St. Paul Police Federation, he was reinstated.’
    2. 1.2A feeling of resentment over something believed to be wrong or unfair.
      ‘he was nursing a grievance’
      • ‘A feeling of grievance can be real even when the grievance itself is not.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, though, humans have a tendency to bear grudges and nurse grievances, even when the reasons for doing so are irrational.’
      • ‘Long a festering popular grievance, official corruption has reached endemic levels, with potentially explosive social consequences.’
      • ‘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.’
      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).