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1       adj   If you describe something such as a loss as grievous, you mean that it is extremely serious or worrying in its effects.  
usu ADJ n  
Their loss would be a grievous blow to our engineering industries..., Mr Morris said the victims had suffered from a very grievous mistake.     
  grievously      adv   ADV with v  
Birds, sea-life and the coastline all suffered grievously.     
2       adj   A grievous injury to your body is one that causes you great pain and suffering.  
usu ADJ n  
He survived in spite of suffering grievous injuries.     
  grievously      adv   ADV with v, ADV adj  
Nelson Piquet, three times world champion, was grievously injured.     

grievous bodily harm     
If someone is accused of grievous bodily harm, they are accused of causing very serious physical injury to someone. The abbreviation GBH is often used.     (LEGAL)      n-uncount  
They were both found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm.     
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  


1    afflicting, calamitous, damaging, distressing, dreadful, grave, harmful, heavy, hurtful, injurious, lamentable, oppressive, painful, severe, wounding  
2    appalling, atrocious, deplorable, dreadful, egregious, flagrant, glaring, heinous, intolerable, lamentable, monstrous, offensive, outrageous, shameful, shocking, unbearable  
3    agonized, grief-stricken, heart-rending, mournful, pitiful, sorrowful, tragic  
   delightful, glad, happy, insignificant, joyous, mild, pleasant, trivial, unimportant  

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