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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: gref, from Latin gravis; GRAVE1

grief

noun
     
grief
1 [uncountable] extreme sadness, especially because someone you love has died
grief over/at
The grief she felt over Helen's death was almost unbearable.
with grief
Charles was overcome with grief.
2 [countable] something that makes you feel extremely sad:
Every change in our lives brings with it griefs.
3

good grief!

spoken used when you are slightly surprised or annoyed:
Good grief! What a mess!
4

come to grief

to fail, or to be harmed or destroyed in an accident:
candidates who come to grief in exams
5

give somebody grief

informal to criticize someone in an annoying way
6 [uncountable] informal trouble or problems:
You'll save yourself a lot of grief if you check the measurements first.

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