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Definitions of grievance

  1. A cause of uneasiness and complaint; a wrong done and suffered; that which gives ground for remonstrance or resistance, as arising from injustice, tyranny, etc.; injury. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. Grieving; grief; affliction. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. a resentment strong enough to justify retaliation; "holding a grudge"; "settling a score" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a complaint about a (real or imaginary) wrong that causes resentment and is grounds for action Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. A sense of wrong or oppression; just or supposed ground of complaint; an injustice. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. Cause of grief: burden: hardship: injury: grief. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. Cause of grief; hardship; wrong. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. A cause of annoyance; wrong done. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. A hardship and injustice. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. That which causes grief or uneasiness; a hardship or wrong. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for grievance

  1. I found also that whilst demanding strict discipline, as he must do, still to his staff he was most fair and always willing to listen to a grievance – From Crow-Scaring to Westminster; an Autobiography by George Edwards M.P., O.B.E.
  2. Geoffrin a certain grievance against Marmontel. – A Selection from the Comedies of Marivaux by Pierre Carlet de Chamblain de Marivaux