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.
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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