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Definition the cause of a complaint (real or imagined); or the complaint in formally written form

More rarely, grievance can reference a feeling of resentment.
  • filed a grievance with the labor board
grievance = a formal written complaint
  • The First Amendment also says Congress will make no law depriving the right of people to peaceably "assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
  • It is a long-standing grievance.
  • French workers frequently air their grievances in street demonstrations.
  • Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
    Colossians 3:13 (NIV)
  • are one of those chaps who have always got a grievance.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • I told him gently of our grievances,
    Shakespeare  --  King Henry IV, Part 1
  • If, then, Demetrius and his fellow craftsmen have a grievance against anybody, the courts are open and there are proconsuls. They can press charges.
    Acts 19:38 (NIV)
  • He was a man with many grievances, at least one of which appears justified.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • grievances = causes of complaint
  • I want to bring in my men so that they too can hear your grievances and take warning.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • It is plain enough why; if you marry Rogojin you lose your grievance; you will have nothing more to complain of.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • Women collect grievances, hold grudges and change shape.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat's Eye
  • If Ajihad told you of my past, you should know that I have grievances enough to fight the Empire until it is nothing but scattered ashes.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • I felt as if I were pouring out the whole year's grievances.
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • The friend, with a grievance in his eye, went to the youth.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • Sanborn said that these days all manner of people aired their grievances on Boston Common.
    Ann Petry  --  Harriet Tubman
  • But, all those years, I'd been blind to a greater truth, which lay unacknowledged and unappreciated, buried deep beneath my grievances.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Flora has now her grievance, and she'll work it to the end."
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • Of course the proper forum to air workers' grievances is through the Union.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • He did not believe that he had any real grievance.
    Willa Cather  --  O Pioneers!

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