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GRIE'VOUS, adjective [from grieve, or grief.] Heavy; oppressive; burdensome; as a grievous load of taxes.

1. Afflictive; painful; hard to be borne.

Correction is grievous to him that forsaketh the way. Proverbs 15:1.

2. Causing grief or sorrow.

The thing was very grievous in Abraham's sight, because of his son. Genesis 21:11.

3. Distressing.

The famine was very grievous in the land. Genesis 12:10.

4. Great; atrocious.

Because their sin is very grievous Gen 18.

5. Expressing great uneasiness; as a grievous complaint.

6. Provoking; offensive; tending to irritate; as grievous words. Proverbs 15:1.

7. Hurtful; destructive; causing mischief; as grievous wolves. Acts 20:29.