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v. grieved, griev·ing, grieves
1. To cause to be sorrowful; distress: It grieves me to see you in such pain.
2. To mourn or sorrow for: We grieved the death of our pastor.
3. Usage Problem To file an official or formal grievance on account of (an actual or perceived injustice).
4. Archaic To hurt or harm.
To experience or express grief.

[Middle English greven, from Old French grever, to harm, from Latin gravāre, to burden, from gravis, heavy; see gwerə- in Indo-European roots.]

griev′er n.
Synonyms: grieve, lament, mourn, sorrow
These verbs mean to feel, show, or express grief, sadness, or regret: grieved over her father's death; lamenting about the decline in academic standards; mourns for lost hopes; sorrowed for a lost friend.
Antonym: rejoice
Usage Note: Traditionally, grieve as a transitive verb has meant "to cause to be sorrowful; distress," with its direct object being the person who is sorrowful or distressed, as in It grieves me to see so many homeless in the city. Later, there developed a sense of grieve in which the direct object is that which causes sorrow or distress, as in She took a week off to attend her father's funeral and grieve his loss. In our 2013 survey, 79 percent of the Usage Panel approved of this usage in this sentence, up from 62 percent in our 1996 survey. More recently, grieve has also come to be used to mean "to file an official or formal grievance." This extended sense does not find favor with the Usage Panel. In 2013, only 21 percent found its use in this passage acceptable: Saradnik was asked to resign as coach following complaints by several parents. Because Saradnik has grieved his dismissal, school officials aren't commenting. This usage is relatively uncommon outside of the sphere of labor and management disputes.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.griever - a person who is feeling grief (as grieving over someone who has died)griever - a person who is feeling grief (as grieving over someone who has died)
unfortunate, unfortunate person - a person who suffers misfortune
pallbearer, bearer - one of the mourners carrying the coffin at a funeral
wailer - a mourner who utters long loud high-pitched cries
weeper - a hired mourner
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The spiritual leader may know from experience that the griever is going through a significant spiritual passage, and will grow as a result, but needs to keep this image in his or her own heart, and maintain a safe and quiet place for the griever's unique journey to unfold.
I'm not a serial griever -- I'll reserve grief for my family and loved ones -- but I did feel a tangible sense of loss on hearing the news.
She proposes a dialogic, nonlinear approach to self that foregrounds the continually changing "I" of the griever and a continual movement between an always-constructed (and re-constructed) remembering and a necessary forgetting.
The impact of bereavement varies widely, depending on the characteristics of the griever and the nature of the loss.
This intuition is behind most studies that relate asymmetric information to home bias, such as Ahearne, Griever, and Warnock (2000) or Suh (2000).
Settlement negotiations sometimes founder because the explanation is framed as a positional statement of rights-based entitlement, with reference to legal principles, rather than information that is specific to this griever and his or her expectations.
The griever may be grieving the impossibility of women's miracles on the scale of men's devastation; she may also be clutching her head in madness at the remembered knowledge of Fraction, that the mother too gives the son for sacrifice.
Empathy, in which one acknowledges the feelings but does not actually engage in the same emotional state, provides both support and an opportunity for the griever to move beyond overwhelming emotions to a more adaptive phase.
While working as a millwright in the coke plant, he served as a griever for plant-wide maintenance and member of the safety and contracting-out committees.
A mourning symbol serves as a reminder to the rest of the world to treat a griever with a little more kindness, a little more patience.
Also, let the griever know that you too are thinking about their lost loved one.
Disenfranchised grief occurs when a relationship is not recognized, a loss is not recognized, and a griever is not recognized (Doka, 1989).