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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Grievance


GRIE'VANCE, noun [from grief.] That which causes grief or uneasiness; that which burdens, oppresses or injures, implying a sense of wrong done, or a continued injury, and therefore applied only to the effects of human conduct; never to providential evils. The oppressed subject has the right to petition for a redress of grievances.