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(1)   Something that causes great unhappiness
"Her death was a great grief to John"
(2)   Intense sorrow caused by loss of a loved one (especially by death)


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  1. Pain of mind on account of something in the past; mental suffering arising from any cause, as misfortune, loss of friends, misconduct of one's self or others, etc.; sorrow; sadness.
    Her betrayal caused Jeff grief.
    Surely, he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows. -Isaiah 53:4
  2. Cause of sorrow or pain; that which afflicts or distresses; trial; grievance.
    She was worn out from so much grief.
  3. Physical pain, or a cause of it; malady.
    My elbow has been giving me grief.
  4. hassle, abuse
    Fred was giving me grief over the money I owed him.


  1. To harass and annoy other players of a game in a deliberate attempt to interfere with their enjoyment of it; especially, to do this as one’s primary activity in the game.

Usage notes

  • This verb is most commonly found in the gerund-participle and the derived noun .