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grievous
used in 1776

3 uses
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Definition
very serious; or very bad; or causing grief
  • At Boston, he and William Howe had been continuously at odds, and he had failed most grievously (in his mind) to convince Howe to seize Dorchester Heights before the rebels did.
    p. 164.9
  • To Montresor there was no question that Howe should have pressed the attack and that to have failed to do so was a grievous mistake.
    p. 195.1
  • If there was a grievous flaw in how things were being run, it was the "stupid parsimony" of the Congress.
    p. 203.0

There are no more uses of "grievous" in 1776.

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