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griev·ance

 (grē′vəns)
n.
1.
a. An actual or supposed circumstance regarded as just cause for complaint.
b. A complaint or protestation based on such a circumstance: The warden addressed the inmates' grievances.
2. Indignation or resentment stemming from a feeling of having been wronged.
3. Obsolete
a. The act of inflicting hardship or harm.
b. The cause of hardship or harm.

[Middle English grevaunce, from Old French grevance, from grever, to harm; see grieve.]
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grievance

(ˈɡriːvəns)
n
1. a real or imaginary wrong causing resentment and regarded as grounds for complaint
2. a feeling of resentment or injustice at having been unfairly treated
3. obsolete affliction or hardship
[C15 grevance, from Old French, from grever to grieve1]
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griev•ance

(ˈgri vəns)

n.
1. a wrong considered as grounds for complaint.
2. a complaint or resentment, as against an unjust act.
3. Obs. the act of inflicting a wrong.
[1250–1300; < Old French]
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Grievance

 

ax to grind A private or selfish motive, a personal stake; a grievance or complaint, especially a chronic one. The phrase stems from an 1810 story by Charles Miner in which a gullible boy is duped by a flattering stranger into turning a grindstone for him. According to the Dictionary of Americanisms, the frequent but erroneous ascription of the phrase’s origin to Benjamin Franklin is due to confusion between Poor Richard’s Almanac and Essays from the Desk of Poor Robert the Scribe, the collection in which the story appeared.

a bone to pick A complaint or grievance; a point of disagreement or a difference to settle. Formerly, the expression have a bone to pick meant to be occupied, as a dog is with a bone. It was used in this sense as early as 1565. The similar French phrase uses a different metaphor, une maille à partir ‘a knot to pick.’

a chip on one’s shoulder See BELLIGERENCE.

grumble in the gizzard To complain or grouse, to be dissatisfied or annoyed. In this British expression, which dates from the late 17th century, gizzard ‘a bird’s stomach’ is applied jocularly to a human being’s throat or craw.

I was going home, grumbling in the gizzard. (Thomas Flloyd, Gueul-Jette’s Tartarian Tales, translated 1764)

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.grievance - a resentment strong enough to justify retaliation; "holding a grudge"; "settling a score"
bitterness, rancor, rancour, resentment, gall - a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will
2.grievance - an allegation that something imposes an illegal obligation or denies some legal right or causes injustice
allegation - (law) a formal accusation against somebody (often in a court of law); "an allegation of malpractice"
3.grievance - a complaint about a (real or imaginary) wrong that causes resentment and is grounds for action
complaint - an expression of grievance or resentment
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grievance

noun
1. complaint, protest, beef (slang), gripe (informal), axe to grind, chip on your shoulder (informal) They felt they had a legitimate grievance.
2. injustice, wrong, injury a deep sense of grievance
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grievance

noun
An expression of dissatisfaction or a circumstance regarded as a cause for such expression:
Informal: gripe, grouse.
Slang: beef, kick.
Idiom: bone to pick.
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Translations
مَظْلَمَه، شَكْوى
důvod ke stížnosti
klagepunkt
umkvörtunarefni
sūdzība
dôvod na sťažnosť
şikâyet nedeni

grievance

[ˈgriːvəns]
A. N (= complaint) → queja f; (= cause for complaint) → motivo m de queja; [of workers] → reivindicación f
to have a grievance against sbtener queja de algn
B. CPD grievance procedure Nsistema m de trámite de quejas
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

grievance

[ˈgriːvəns] n
(= feeling) → doléance f, grief m
to harbour a grievance → garder rancune
(= cause for complaint) → grief m
She has a genuine grievance → Ses griefs sont justifiés.
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

grievance

nKlage f; (= resentment)Groll m; grievance procedureBeschwerdeweg m; I’ve no grievance against him (= no cause for complaint)ich habe an ihm nichts auszusetzen; (= no resentment)ich nehme ihm nichts übel; to have a grievance against somebody for somethingjdm etw übel nehmen; to air one’s grievancesseine Beschwerden vorbringen, sich offen beschweren, sich beklagen
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grievance

[ˈgriːvns] n (complaint) → lagnanza, rimostranza; (cause for complaint) → motivo di risentimento
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

grievance

(ˈgriːvəns) noun
a cause or reason for complaint. a list of grievances.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.

grievance

n. queja; agravio.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
References in classic literature ?
Men often bear little grievances with less courage than they do large misfortunes.
If you would but conciliate her a little, and adopt a friendly, open manner--and even confide your grievances to her--real grievances, such as you have a right to complain of--it is my firm belief that she would, in time, become your faithful friend, and a comfort and support to you, instead of the incubus you describe her.' But I fear my advice had little effect upon the unfortunate young lady; and, finding I could render myself so little serviceable, my residence at Ashby Park became doubly painful.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Though she never mentioned the change, for she did not take any conscious notice of it, it affected her nevertheless: she became more confidential with him; she took her little grievances to him, and she always had some grievance against the manageress of the shop, one of her fellow waitresses, or her aunt; she was talkative enough now, and though she never said anything that was not trivial Philip was never tired of listening to her.
"I wish you could help her to take an interest in something that other people are interested in, Katharine," she observed, rather plaintively, detailing her grievances. "It's all Henry's doing, you know, giving up her parties and taking to these nasty insects.
An Anacharsis Clootz deputation from all the isles of the sea, and all the ends of the earth, accompanying Old Ahab in the pequod to lay the world's grievances before that bar from which not very many of them ever come back.
These preliminaries settled, he did not care to put off any longer the execution of his design, urged on to it by the thought of all the world was losing by his delay, seeing what wrongs he intended to right, grievances to redress, injustices to repair, abuses to remove, and duties to discharge.
A most sensible grievance of those aggrieved times were the Forest Laws.
'I told you, the last time you were here with a grievance, that you had better turn about and come out of that.
What was needed was a sense of justice and a sympathy with European affairs, but a remote sympathy not dulled by petty interests; a moral superiority over those sovereigns of the day who co-operated with him; a mild and attractive personality; and a personal grievance against Napoleon.
For three days the old man had brooded over his grievance, seeking for some means to be revenged upon the King for the insult which Henry had put upon him.
She imagined herself, in an exasperating future, as a scrawny woman with an eternal grievance. Too, she thought Pete to be a very fastidious person concerning the appearance of women.