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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 griev·ous /ˈgrivəs/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Griev·ous a.
 1. Causing grief or sorrow; painful; afflictive; hard to bear; offensive; harmful.
    The famine was grievous in the land.   --Gen. xii. 10.
    The thing was very grievous in Abraham's sight.   --Gen. xxi. 11.
 2. Characterized by great atrocity; heinous; aggravated; flagitious; as, a grievous sin.
 3. Full of, or expressing, grief; showing great sorrow or affliction; as, a grievous cry.  -- Griev*ous*ly, adv. -- Griev*ous*ness, n.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm; "a
             dangerous operation"; "a grave situation"; "a grave
             illness"; "grievous bodily harm"; "a serious wound";
             "a serious turn of events"; "a severe case of
             pneumonia"; "a life-threatening disease" [syn: dangerous,
              grave, serious, severe, life-threatening]
      2: causing or marked by grief or anguish; "a grievous loss"; "a
         grievous cry"; "her sigh was heartbreaking"; "the
         heartrending words of Rabin's granddaughter" [syn: heartbreaking,
      3: of great gravity or crucial import; requiring serious
         thought; "grave responsibilities"; "faced a grave decision
         in a time of crisis"; "a grievous fault"; "heavy matters
         of state"; "the weighty matters to be discussed at the
         peace conference" [syn: grave, heavy, weighty]
      4: shockingly brutal or cruel; "murder is an atrocious crime";
         "a grievous offense against morality"; "a grievous crime";
         "no excess was too monstrous for them to commit" [syn: atrocious,
          flagitious, heinous, monstrous]