V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. a problem or cause for dissatisfaction or unhappiness; 2. an official complaint; 3. bitter displeasure and resentment

Synonyms: complaint, injustice, wrong, gripe, resentment, displeasure

Antonyms: satisfaction

Tips: The word grievance is often used to refer to complaints and dissatisfaction within workplaces. The related adjective grievous refers to something that causes significant harm and is grave and serious. Use grievance as a more sophisticated way of saying "complaint." If someone has wronged you in some way, you may have a grievance with that person.

Usage Examples:

The young woman filed a grievance with her employer because she felt she was being discriminated against. (complaint)

There is no excuse for such a grievous offense. (serious, severe) adjective

When I met with the CEO, I noted all of the grievances that I had been hearing around the office. (complaints, gripes)

Michele still harbors a grievance against her former employer for firing her. (resentment, displeasure)

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