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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.
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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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He says a griever can also be helped through intense emotions by seeking a professional grief counsellor.
Grief ends, the step model states, because normally, (1) there is a linear progression of stages or phases the griever passes through leading him or her to complete, excise, or encapsulate his or her grief; and (2) the griever relinquishes or "lets go" of the deceased in order to live a normal life.
Worden, along with other psychologists who have studied grief, critiques the passive role the griever plays in Kubler-Ross's five stages of grief model.
He believed his two-year-old flitted In a special state of grace With divine protection from Buddha But he was wrong he could not bear To see her body swollen with blisters In the clutches of the vile god of smallpox But Hirsch's investigations of faith aren't limited to organized religions; he looks at how belief in art can also fail a griever, as was the case for Mallarme, who could never finish the poem for his deceased son, Anatole.
"I have never heard of a griever taking advantage of their boss when they are being treated well."
Until it happened to me, I used to think it was unnecessarily burdensome for a griever to have to tell the story of how her loved one died again and again, to each one who comes to sympathize.
Thomas defeated a Griever while inside the maze and saved himself, Alby and Minho.
I need to go check out this dead Griever. There hasn't ever been a dead Griever yet," Teresa says.
Second, the griever, such as a child, is not socially recognized as a person capable of grieving.
Griever reported that 4% of 212 Pentagon staff members were found with probable of major depression 13 months after the attack.