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 for grievance
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Grievance \Griev"ance\, n. [OF. grevance. See Grieve, v. t.]
     1. 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.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. Grieving; grief; affliction.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              The . . . grievance of a mind unreasonably yoked.
                                                    --Milton.
  
     Syn: Burden; oppression; hardship; trouble.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  grievance
      n 1: a resentment strong enough to justify retaliation; "holding
           a grudge"; "settling a score" [syn: grudge, score,
           grievance]
      2: an allegation that something imposes an illegal obligation or
         denies some legal right or causes injustice
      3: a complaint about a (real or imaginary) wrong that causes
         resentment and is grounds for action

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  150 Moby Thesaurus words for "grievance":
     abomination, affliction, affront, allegation, atrocity, bad, bane,
     beef, beefing, befoulment, bellyache, bellyaching, bitch, bitching,
     bitter cup, bitter draft, bitter draught, bitter pill, blight,
     bone to pick, boycott, bugbear, burden, burden of care, calamity,
     cankerworm of care, care, challenge, charge, complaining,
     complaint, compunction, corruption, cross, crow to pluck,
     crown of thorns, crushing burden, crying evil, curse, damage,
     death, defilement, demonstration, demur, demurrer, despoliation,
     destruction, destructive criticism, detriment, disease, dissent,
     disservice, distress, encumbrance, evil, exception, expostulation,
     faultfinding, gall, gall and wormwood, great wrong,
     grievance committee, gripe, griping, groan, groaning,
     gross injustice, grouse, grousing, grudge, grumbling, hardship,
     harm, havoc, holler, howl, hurt, ill, imposition,
     indignation meeting, indignity, infection, infliction, injury,
     injustice, kick, kicking, load, march, miscarriage of justice,
     mischief, murmuring, nemesis, nonviolent protest, objection,
     open wound, oppression, outrage, pack of troubles,
     peck of troubles, peeve, peevishness, pest, pestilence, pet peeve,
     petulance, picketing, plague, plaint, poison, pollution, protest,
     protest demonstration, protestation, qualm, querulousness, rally,
     raw deal, remonstrance, remonstration, rigor, running sore,
     scolding, scourge, scruple, sea of troubles, sit-in, sniping,
     sorrow, squawk, squawking, strike, teach-in, the worst, thorn,
     torment, toxin, trial, tribulation, trouble, unfairness, venom,
     vexation, visitation, waters of bitterness, weight, whining, woe,
     wrong, yapping
  
  

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