- Suffering, hardship. [from early 13th c.]
- The neighbour's teenage give me grief every time they see me.
- Emotional pain, generally arising from misfortune, significant personal loss, bereavement, misconduct of oneself or others, etc.; sorrow; sadness. [from early 14th c.]
- She was worn out from so much grief.
- The betrayal caused Jeff grief.
- 1576, George Whetstone, “The Ortchard of Repentance: […]”, in The Rocke of Regard, […], London: […] [H. Middleton] for Robert Waley, OCLC 837515946; republished in J[ohn] P[ayne] Collier, editor, The Rocke of Regard, […] (Illustrations of Early English Poetry; vol. 2, no. 2), London: Privately printed, [1867?], OCLC 706027473, page 291:
- And ſure, although it was invented to eaſe his mynde of griefe, there be a number of caveats therein to forewarne other young gentlemen to foreſtand with good government their folowing yl fortunes; […]
- (countable) Cause or instance of sorrow or pain; that which afflicts or distresses; trial.
- (online gaming) To deliberately harass and annoy or cause grief to other players of a game in order to interfere with their enjoyment of it; especially, to do this as one’s primary activity in the game. [from late 1990s]
- 2008 January 18, Julian Dibbell, “Mutilated Furries, Flying Phalluses: Put the Blame on Griefers, the Sociopaths of the Virtual World”, in Wired:
- While ban and his pals stand squarely in this tradition, they also stand for something new: the rise of organized griefing, grounded in online message-board communities and thick with in-jokes, code words, taboos, and an increasingly articulate sense of purpose. No longer just an isolated pathology, griefing has developed a full-fledged culture.
- grief on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
- griefer on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
- “grief” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- “grief” in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- grief at OneLook Dictionary Search.
grief m (plural griefs)
- “grief”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
- gref (typically Anglo-Norman)
grief m (oblique and nominative feminine singular grieve)
- late 12th century, anonymous, La Folie de Tristan d'Oxford, page 386 (of the Champion Classiques edition of Le Roman de Tristan, →ISBN, line 552:
- Mult ai le quer gref e marri.
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- French: grief (archaic, literary)