Definition of Grievance

1. Noun. A resentment strong enough to justify retaliation. "Settling a score"

Exact synonyms: Grudge, Score
Generic synonyms: Bitterness, Gall, Rancor, Rancour, Resentment
Derivative terms: Grudge



2. Noun. An allegation that something imposes an illegal obligation or denies some legal right or causes injustice.
Generic synonyms: Allegation

3. Noun. A complaint about a (real or imaginary) wrong that causes resentment and is grounds for action.
Generic synonyms: Complaint

Definition of Grievance

1. n. A cause of uneasiness and complaint; a wrong done and suffered; that which gives ground for remonstrance or resistance, as arising from injustice, tyranny, etc.; injury.

Definition of Grievance

1. Noun. Something which causes grief. ¹

2. Noun. A complaint or annoyance; also a formal complaint. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Grievance

1. [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Grievance

griefers
griefful
grieffully
griefing
griefless
grieflessly
grieflessness
grieflike
griefs
griefwork
griege
griesie
griesly
griesy
grievable
grievance (current term)
grievancer
grievancers
grievances
grievand
grievands
grievant
grievants
grievaunce
grievaunces
grieve
grieved
griever
grievers
grieves

Literary usage of Grievance

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Report of the Proceedings by Church congress (1866)
"I believe that the Irish Church is no grievance at this moment, and that its removal ... Now is it a grievance 'i It certainly was a grievance not long ago. ..."

2. The Parliamentary Debatesby Great Britain Parliament by Great Britain Parliament (1902)
"Deputation after deputation had waited on the Chief Secretary, who entirely agreed with them as to the grievance and its remedy, but who washed his hands of ..."

3. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1920)
"A new regulation adopted by a general grievance committee, the constituted authority oi the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen to make regulations for the ..."

4. Contracting for Managed Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services: A Guide by Stephen Moss (2000)
"grievance and Appeals Procedures for Providers Rosenbaum and her colleagues' analysis of State Medicaid managed care contracts found that most contracts, ..."

5. The Origin and Growth of the English Constitution: An Historical Treatise by Hannis Taylor (1898)
"The second was the social grievance which grew out of the The social attempts of the landlords to exact work from the laborer at ..."

6. The Gentleman's Magazine (1877)
"THE MAN WITHOUT A grievance. THE man with the grievance had got his chance at last. His time had come. The hopes with which he came over to England, ..."

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