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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun grief:


Grief is sometimes a misspelling of grippe.

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Definition of the noun grief

What does grief mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: griefs

  1. intense sorrow caused by loss of a loved one (especially by death)
  2. something that causes great unhappiness
    • example: her death was a great grief to John
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonym of grief: sorrow
    • more generic term: negative stimulus = a stimulus with undesirable consequences

Alternative definition of the noun grief


  1. Suffering, hardship. [definition from early 13th c.]
  2. Pain of mind arising from misfortune, significant personal loss, misconduct of oneself or others, etc.; sorrow; sadness. [definition from early 14th c.]
  3. [countable] Cause or instance of sorrow or pain; that which afflicts or distresses; trial.

Definition of the verb grief

What does grief mean as a doing word?


  1. [context: online gaming] To deliberately harass and annoy other players of a game in order to interfere with their enjoyment of it; especially, to do this as one’s primary activity in the game. [definition from late 20th Century]


Grief was a Boston-based heavy metal band.

  • genres: Sludge metal, Doom metal, Heavy metal
  • albums: "...and Man Will Become the Hunted", "Miserably Ever After", "Torso", "Turbulent Times", "Come to Grief", "Dismal", "Alive", "Depression", "Grief / Dystopia", "Grief / 16", "Corrupted / Grief", "16 / Grief", "No Choice / Terrorism of Thought... Terrorism of Sound", "Grief / Soilent Green", "Grief / 13"
  • official website:


  1. "Grief" is a musical album of Germ.
    • released on
  2. "grief" is a musical album of E'm~grief~.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  3. "Grief" is a musical EP of My Iron Lung.
  4. "Grief" is a musical album of Nail Trails & Without God.
  5. "Grief" is a composition.


  1. "Grief" is a novel by American author Andrew Holleran, published in 2006. The novel takes place in Washington D.C., following the personal journey of a middle-aged, gay man dealing with the death of his mother. The novel received the 2007 Stonewall Book Award.
    • language: English Language
    • released in (9 years ago)
    • award:
      • Stonewall Book Award-Barbara Gittings Literature Award nomination for Andrew Holleran
      • Stonewall Book Award-Barbara Gittings Literature Award, received by Andrew Holleran
  2. "Grief" is a 2011 play written by Mike Leigh.


"Grief" is a 1993 comedy film written and directed by Richard Glatzer.


"Grief" a.k.a. "Adams Memorial" is a grave marker located in Section E of Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, D.C., featuring a cast bronze allegorical sculpture by Augustus Saint-Gaudens. The shrouded figure is seated against a granite block which forms one side of a hexagonal plot, designed by architect Stanford White.


Grief is a 2011 theater production of the play by Mike Leigh.

  • award: - Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress nomination for Lesley Manville

Phrases with Grief

Phrases starting with the word Grief:

  1. Grief Tourist
  2. grief-stricken

Phrases ending with the word Grief:

  1. Good Grief
  2. Come to Grief
  3. To Come to Grief
  4. Give Someone Grief

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Grief

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Google previewThe Orphaned Adult (2008)

Understanding And Coping With Grief And Change After The Death Of Our Parents by Alexander Levy

They believe grief is a reaction to the disruption in the way we relate to the people and world around us because someone we love has died.

Rather, they believe grief is a learned phenomenon, like preferences in music and reactions to art, created and shaped by social...

Google previewUnderstanding Your Grief (2004)

Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart by Alan D. Wolfelt

discovered, grief is an intensely personal experience.

Google previewEMDR Made Simple (2011)

4 Approaches to Using EMDR with Every Client by Jamie Marich

Grief is the process that ensues after a person has been wounded with a loss. Grief is the healing of the loss wound. Consider what Chapter 3 said about trauma: Some people heal more quickly and more healthfully than others, depending on ...

Google previewIn Defense of Sentimentality (2004)

by Robert C. Solomon

Grief is the most powerful emotion a man or child or animal can feel. It's a good feeling.'' ''In what...

Google previewTreasury of Thought (1884)

Forming an Encyclopedia of Quotations from Ancient and Modern Authors by Maturin Murray Ballou

Grief is a stone that bears one down, but two bear it lightly.— W. Hauff. ... Grief is a flower as delicate and prompt to fade as happiness. Still, it does not...

Grief is the culture of the soul, it is the true fertilizer.

Google previewDictionary of Quotations from Ancient and Modern English and Foreign Sources (1893)

Including Phrases, Mottoes, Maxims, Proverbs, Definitions, Aphorisms, and Sayings of Wise Men, in Their Bearing on Life, Literature, Speculation, Science, Art, Religion, and Morals Especially in the Modern Aspects of Them by Rev. James Wood

Grief is a species of idleness, and the necessity of attention to the present, preserves us from being lacerated and devoured by sorrow for the past.

Google previewHelping the Bereaved College Student (2011)

by David E. Balk, PhD

Incremental grief refers to the addition of new losses as a family is unable to cope effectively with the death of a family...

Google previewMen Don't Cry-- Women Do (2000)

Transcending Gender Stereotypes of Grief by Terry L. Martin, Kenneth J. Doka

Grief is an emotion. Feelings are just one of the...

Google previewHealing Grief, Finding Peace (2011)

101 Ways to Cope with the Death of Your Loved One by Louis LaGrand

Grief means that eventually you are supposed to let go of the person who died. ( We don't let go. We love in separation in...

(Grief is the internal experience; mourning is the outward healthy expression.) You shouldn't feel that way. ( Feelings ...

Google previewDying, Death and Grief (2008)

Working with Adult Bereavement by Brenda Mallon

As stated earlier, grief is a normal human response to a death or loss of someone we care about (Currer 2001).

Google previewThawing Toxic Relationships (2012)

by Don Carter MSW, LCSW

Grief is a natural part of living, and one cannot escape an encounter with it for long in this world. When someone or...

Grief is the process we must go through to let go of the attachment and heal from the resulting loss-related emotional wound .

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling (2016)

by Jon Carlson, Shannon B. Dermer

Matheson Grief counseling is a mental health intervention for individuals, couples, or families who are exhibiting significant symptoms after the death or loss of someone or something that is important to them. These symptoms can ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Similes (1917)

by Frank Jenners Wilstach

Grief. Woman's grief is like a summer ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Depression [2 volumes] (2010)

by Linda Wasmer Andrews


Google previewThe Popular Encyclopedia of Christian Counseling (2011)

An Indispensable Tool for Helping People with Their Problems by Dr Tim Clinton, Dr Ron Hawkins

However, through the therapeutic interview counselors can assess severity and duration of symptoms and the presence of risk factors that may predispose individuals to complicated grief. Care should be taken to prevent complications and ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Family Health (2011)

by Martha Craft-Rosenberg, Shelley-Rae Pehler

The formal clinical approaches to grief work facilitation are (a) individual therapy or counseling, (b) group approaches (support groups, group therapy, or group counseling), and (c) family therapy or counseling. Informal approaches to grief ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Lifestyle Medicine and Health (2011)

by James M. Rippe

Some fear that this would be a significant move away from past theoretical attempts to normalize grief reaction and might lead to both increased stigmatization and medication of bereaved persons. There is also an argument that the more ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Trauma (2012)

by Charles R. Figley

Bereavement, complicated grief, and DSM, Part 2: Complicated grief. Journal ...

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Quotes about Grief


is too late for grief.

If we had celebrated their living

knowing that grief would surely come

then grief would have a place;


is too late for grief. (Michael Shepherd)
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Scrabble value of G2R1I1E1F4

The value of this 5-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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