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grievous
used in David Copperfield

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Definition very serious; or very bad; or causing grief
  • 'I am sure,' my poor mother went on, at a grievous disadvantage, and with many tears, 'I don't want anybody to go.
    Chapters 4-6 (14% in)
  • But these solemn lessons which succeeded those, I remember as the death-blow of my peace, and a grievous daily drudgery and misery.
    Chapters 4-6 (21% in)
  • The picture I had before me, of the beautiful little treasure of my heart, sobbing and crying all night — of her being alone, frightened, and wretched, then — of her having so piteously begged and prayed that stony-hearted woman to forgive her — of her having vainly offered her those kisses, work-boxes, and trinkets — of her being in such grievous distress, and all for me — very much impaired the little dignity I had been able to muster.
    Chapters 37-39 (30% in)
  • And she evidently thought so, for she wept most grievously.
    Chapters 43-45 (29% in)
  • My object, when the contest within myself between stipend and no stipend, baker and no baker, existence and non-existence, ceased, was to take advantage of my opportunities to discover and expose the major malpractices committed, to that gentleman's grievous wrong and injury, by — HEEP.
    Chapters 52-54 (27% in)

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