Synonyms for grievous

Synonyms for (adjective) grievous

Synonyms: dangerous, grave, grievous, life-threatening, serious, severe

Definition: causing fear or anxiety by threatening great harm

Usage: a dangerous operation; a grave situation; a grave illness; grievous bodily harm; a serious wound; a serious turn of events; a severe case of pneumonia; a life-threatening disease

Similar words: critical

Definition: being in or verging on a state of crisis or emergency

Usage: a critical shortage of food; a critical illness; an illness at the critical stage


Synonyms: flagitious, monstrous, grievous, atrocious

Definition: shockingly brutal or cruel

Usage: murder is an atrocious crime; a grievous offense against morality; a grievous crime; no excess was too monstrous for them to commit

Similar words: evil

Definition: morally bad or wrong

Usage: evil purposes; an evil influence; evil deeds


Synonyms: grave, grievous, heavy, weighty

Definition: of great gravity or crucial import; requiring serious thought

Usage: grave responsibilities; faced a grave decision in a time of crisis; a grievous fault; heavy matters of state; the weighty matters to be discussed at the peace conference

Similar words: important, of import

Definition: of great significance or value

Usage: important people; the important questions of the day


Synonyms: heartbreaking, heartrending, grievous

Definition: causing or marked by grief or anguish

Usage: a grievous loss; a grievous cry; her sigh was heartbreaking; the heartrending words of Rabin's granddaughter

Similar words: sorrowful

Definition: experiencing or marked by or expressing sorrow especially that associated with irreparable loss

Usage: sorrowful widows; a sorrowful tale of death and despair; sorrowful news; even in laughter the heart is sorrowful- Proverbs 14:13