- (archaic, transitive) To cause grief to, to vex or pain; to associate with vexation or pain.
- 1563, John Foxe, Foxe's Book of Martyrs: the Acts and Monuments of the Christian Church:
- If any man had either fondly or indiscreetly spoken of Lent to engrieve it to be an importable burden, I would wish his reformation ; for I have not learned that all men are bound to keep the Lent in the form received.
- 1834, Francis Bacon, Basil Montagu (editor), The Works Of Francis Bacon, Lord Chancellor of England,
- Even in men, aches and hurts and corns do engrieve, either towards rain or towards frost : for the one maketh the humours more to abound ; and the other maketh them sharper.
- 1998, Annabel M. Patterson (editor), The trial of Nicholas Throckmorton (apparently derived from Holinshed's Chronicles, 1577),
- I am sorry to engrieve any other man's doings, but it serveth me for a piece of my defence, and therefore I wish that no man should gather evil of it.
- (archaic, intransitive) To grieve.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Edmund Spenser to this entry?)