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Definition of "grievance" []

  • An actual or supposed circumstance regarded as just cause for complaint. (noun)
  • A complaint or protestation based on such a circumstance. See Synonyms at injustice. (noun)
  • Indignation or resentment stemming from a feeling of having been wronged. (noun)
  • Obsolete The act of inflicting hardship or harm. (noun)
  • Obsolete The cause of hardship or harm. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "grievance" in a sentence
  • "As Len Untereiner says, the main grievance is with the actual perpetrators of the harm and sexual abuse."
  • "You see, straightforwardness does bring people out of all difficulties at last, and when the main grievance is set right, all the collateral grievances which arose out of the supposed fact, fall to the ground."
  • "“This grievance is all about discrimination of a religious sect, and the conspiracy for the deprivation of rights secured by the Constitution,” wrote Richland inmate Ronald Lutz, 64."