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

  Grievous \Griev"ous\, a. [OF. grevous, grevos, LL. gravosus. See
     Grief.]
     1. Causing grief or sorrow; painful; afflictive; hard to
        bear; offensive; harmful.
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              The famine was grievous in the land.  --Gen. xii.
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              The thing was very grievous in Abraham's sight.
                                                    --Gen. xxi.
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     2. Characterized by great atrocity; heinous; aggravated;
        flagitious; as, a grievous sin. --Gen. xviii. 20.
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     3. Full of, or expressing, grief; showing great sorrow or
        affliction; as, a grievous cry. -- Griev"ous*ly, adv. --
        Griev"ous*ness, n.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  grievous
      adj 1: causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm; "a
             dangerous operation"; "a grave situation"; "a grave
             illness"; "grievous bodily harm"; "a serious wound"; "a
             serious turn of events"; "a severe case of pneumonia"; "a
             life-threatening disease" [syn: dangerous, grave,
             grievous, serious, severe, life-threatening]
      2: causing or marked by grief or anguish; "a grievous loss"; "a
         grievous cry"; "her sigh was heartbreaking"; "the
         heartrending words of Rabin's granddaughter" [syn:
         grievous, heartbreaking, heartrending]
      3: of great gravity or crucial import; requiring serious
         thought; "grave responsibilities"; "faced a grave decision in
         a time of crisis"; "a grievous fault"; "heavy matters of
         state"; "the weighty matters to be discussed at the peace
         conference" [syn: grave, grievous, heavy, weighty]
      4: shockingly brutal or cruel; "murder is an atrocious crime";
         "a grievous offense against morality"; "a grievous crime";
         "no excess was too monstrous for them to commit" [syn:
         atrocious, flagitious, grievous, monstrous]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  157 Moby Thesaurus words for "grievous":
     abominable, acute, affecting, afflictive, aggrieved, anguished,
     appalling, arrant, atrocious, awful, base, beastly,
     beneath contempt, bitter, black, blameworthy, bleak, brutal,
     burdensome, calamitous, careworn, cataclysmal, cataclysmic,
     catastrophic, cheerless, comfortless, contemptible, damaging,
     dangerous, demanding, deplorable, depressing, depressive,
     despicable, destructive, detestable, dire, disastrous,
     discomforting, disgusting, dismal, dismaying, distasteful,
     distressful, distressing, doleful, dolorific, dolorogenic,
     dolorous, dreadful, dreary, dumb with grief, egregious, enormous,
     exacting, exigent, fatal, fell, fetid, filthy, flagrant, foul,
     fulsome, galling, grave, grief-stricken, griefful, grieved, gross,
     harmful, hateful, heartbreaking, heartrending, heavy, heinous,
     horrible, horrid, hurtful, in grief, infamous, intolerable,
     joyless, lamentable, loathsome, lousy, lugubrious, major,
     monstrous, mournful, moving, nasty, nefarious, noisome, notorious,
     obnoxious, odious, offensive, oppressive, outrageous, painful,
     pathetic, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, plaintive, plangent,
     plunged in grief, poignant, rank, regrettable, reprehensible,
     repulsive, rotten, rueful, ruinous, sad, saddening, scandalous,
     schlock, scurvy, serious, severe, shabby, shameful, sharp,
     shocking, shoddy, sordid, sore, sorrowed, sorrowful, sorrowing,
     squalid, superincumbent, taxing, tearful, terrible, too bad,
     touching, tough, tragic, ugly, unbearable, unclean, uncomfortable,
     unfortunate, unpalatable, vile, villainous, weighty, woebegone,
     woeful, worst, worthless, wounding, wreckful, wretched
  
  

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