grievous vs heartrending what difference

what is difference between grievous and heartrending

English

Alternative forms

  • greuous (obsolete)
  • grievious, grevious (less common / nonstandard outside dialects)

Etymology

From grieve, from Middle English greven, from Old French grever, from Latin gravō (I burden). Developed in the 13th century.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɡɹiː.vəs/
  • Rhymes: -iːvəs
  • (nonstandard outside dialects) IPA(key): /ɡɹiː.viː.əs/ (often used in conjunction with the spelling grievious)

Adjective

grievous (comparative more grievous, superlative most grievous)

  1. Causing grief, pain or sorrow.
    • 1883, Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island
      As for the captain, his wounds were grievous indeed but not dangerous.
  2. Serious, grave, dire or dangerous.

Synonyms

  • See also Thesaurus:lamentable

Translations

Anagrams

  • grevious


English

Alternative forms

  • heart-rending

Etymology

heart +‎ rending

Adjective

heartrending (comparative more heartrending, superlative most heartrending)

  1. That causes great grief, anguish or distress.
    Synonym: heart-breaking
  2. That elicits deep sympathy.

Translations

Further reading

  • “heart-rending”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.

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