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She suffered grievous bodily harm.
  very serious; or very bad; or causing grief
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  • She suffered grievous bodily harm.
  • a grievous offense against morality
  • a grievous loss
  • a grievous crime

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  • A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
    Bible  --  Proverbs 15:2 (KJV)
  • This also is a grievous evil—exactly as a man is born, thus will he die. So what is the advantage to him who toils for the wind?
    Ecclesiastes 5:16 (NASB)
  • He cannot come, my lord; he is grievous sick.
    Shakespeare, William  --  King Henry IV, Part 1
  • And the locust went up over all the land of Egypt, and rested in all the coasts of Egypt: very grievous were they; before them there were no such locusts as they, neither after them shall be such.
    Exodus 10:14 (KJV)
  • For she has found out by art magical that this would hinder my deliverance from the grievous enchantment I lie under.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Silver Chair
  • But, oh, they have handled ye grievously, my Brothers!
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book

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  • the obstinate soul that fights with Fate, is smitten grievously.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • But Sam was now sorrowful at heart, and it seemed to him that if the parting would be bitter, more grievous still would be the long road home alone.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • But so long as we have to stay here in the field, the front-line days, when they are past, sink down in us like a stone; they are too grievous for us to be able to reflect on them at once.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • We did not break down, but adapted ourselves; our twenty years, which made many another thing so grievous, helped us in this.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • By noon, I had a bad case of eyestrain and a worse one of cramps, and I had almost concluded that my hypothesis of the previous day was grievously at fault and that the "den" was just a fortuitous hole in the sand.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • He wished to show us a possible emergency maneuver in the field, in instances of the most grievous trauma.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • "Okay, bye, Charlie," Reynie said quickly, and Sticky gave a playful salute, but Charlie only stared at them with a distraught expression, as if they’d done him some grievous wrong.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • What grievous pain a little fault doth give thee!
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • But the Professor had grievously miscalculated in still another way.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Bein’ wounded grievously in the leg, I made to leave her presence.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • THE NIGHT WAS A dreamlike mangle of past and present: a childhood world miraculously intact in some respects, grievously altered in others, as if the Ghost of Christmas Past and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come had joined to host the evening.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Now, then, he said, and lay down on the settle, groaning most grievously.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • Oh, no, sir, no Dobby will have to punish himself most grievously for coming to see you, sir.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Why should a man suffer so grievously for an offence he had committed inadvertently?
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • It is a grievous affair to my poor girls, you must confess.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • He has been a disappointment to me, Mr. Holmes—a grievous disappointment.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • I reminded her that a doctor’s confidence was sacred, but that you were grievously anxious about her.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • In fact he was in grievous danger of coming under the dragon-spell.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • As for the captain, his wounds were grievous indeed, but not dangerous.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • "Is life grievous to you?" interrupted the scout.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • My fault, my fault, my own most grievous fault.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • He had been active and healthy, yet his strength left him suddenly; and when he was confined to the chimney-corner he grew grievously irritable.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • I left your mother in grievous trouble.’
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • "People say," said another, "that the Reverend Master Dimmesdale, her godly pastor, takes it very grievously to heart that such a scandal should have come upon his congregation."
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • So grievous did he think it that he could never possess the secret right to taunt truly in answer.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • The desperate tempest hath so bang’d the Turks That their designment halts; a noble ship of Venice Hath seen a grievous wreck and sufferance On most part of their fleet.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • There was not one who was not wounded in four or five places, while some were wounded grievously.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • Or to take a less grievous matter: it has been supposed by some that ’The Scouring of the Shire’ reflects the situation in England at the time when I was finishing my tale.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Most worthy gentleman, I and my friend Have by your wisdom been this day acquitted Of grievous penalties; in lieu whereof Three thousand ducats, due unto the Jew, We freely cope your courteous pains withal.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • Colonel Cathcart took the cigarette holder out of his mouth, stood it on end inside the pocket of his shirt, and began gnawing on the fingernails of both hands grievously.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • At long last he was unencumbered, emancipated from the stifling world of his parents and peers, a world of abstraction and security and material excess, a world in which he felt grievously cut off from the raw throb of existence.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Learn then from this story not to fear the fruits of the past, but rather to be circumspect in the future, that those foul passions whereby our family has suffered so grievously may not again be loosed to our undoing.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • And I, "Master, what is so grievous to them, that makes them lament so bitterly?"
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • And the escort, as if afraid, in the grievous condition they themselves were in, of giving way to the pity they felt for the prisoners and so rendering their own plight still worse, treated them with particular moroseness and severity.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • He is bound to find a way in, you know, and anyone who has tried to delay him will be in the most grievous peril-
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Leaving this Parthian shaft to rankle in Anne’s stormy bosom, Marilla descended to the kitchen, grievously troubled in mind and vexed in soul.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • But we were not captured by fair means; and before we had time to draw our swords, two of our party were dead, and Athos, grievously wounded, was very little better.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • The cut of her teeth in his neck still hurt, but his feelings were hurt more grievously, and he sat down and weakly whimpered.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • "But, my dear, pray do not make any more matches; they are silly things, and break up one’s family circle grievously."
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • As she applied herself to set the tea-things, Joe peeped down at me over his leg, as if he were mentally casting me and himself up, and calculating what kind of pair we practically should make, under the grievous circumstances foreshadowed.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
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