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  ( griefs    plural  )
1       n-var   Grief is a feeling of extreme sadness.  
...a huge outpouring of national grief for the victims of the shootings..., Their grief soon gave way to anger.     
2    If something comes to grief, it fails. If someone comes to grief, they fail in something they are doing, and may be hurt.  
come to grief      phrase   V inflects  
So many marriages have come to grief over lack of money..., He was driving a Mercedes racer at 100 mph and almost came to grief.     
3    Some people say `Good grief' when they are surprised or shocked.  
good grief      exclam  
`He's been arrested for theft and burglary.'—`Good grief!'     

If someone is grief-stricken, they are extremely sad about something that has happened.  
FORMAL      adj  
...the grief-stricken family..., The Queen was grief-stricken over his death.     
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  


1    affliction, agony, anguish, bereavement, dejection, distress, grievance, hardship, heartache, heartbreak, misery, mournfulness, mourning, pain, regret, remorse, sadness, sorrow, suffering, trial, tribulation, trouble, woe  
2    come to grief        (informal)   come unstuck, fail, fall flat on one's face, meet with disaster, miscarry  
1    cheer, comfort, consolation, delight, gladness, happiness, joy, rejoicing, solace  

afflicted, agonized, broken, brokenhearted, crushed, desolate, despairing, devastated, heartbroken, inconsolable, overwhelmed, sorrowful, sorrowing, woebegone, wretched  

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