Grief

Definition of Grief

Pronunciation: grēf
n.1.Pain of mind on account of something in the past; mental suffering arising from any cause, as misfortune, loss of friends, misconduct of one's self or others, etc.; sorrow; sadness.
The mother was so afflicted at the loss of a fine boy, . . . that she died for grief of it.
- Addison.
2.Cause of sorrow or pain; that which afficts or distresses; trial; grievance.
Be factious for redress of all these griefs.
- Shak.
3.Physical pain, or a cause of it; malady.
This grief (cancerous ulcers) hastened the end of that famous mathematician, Mr. Harriot.
- Wood.
To come to grief
to meet with calamity, accident, defeat, ruin, etc., causing grief; to turn out badly.

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