Etymology
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grievance (n.)

c. 1300, "state of being aggrieved," from Old French grevance "harm, injury, misfortune; trouble, suffering, agony, sorrow," from grever "to harm, to burden, be harmful to" (see grief). In reference to a cause of such a condition, from late 15c.

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Definitions of grievance

grievance (n.)
a resentment strong enough to justify retaliation;
Synonyms: grudge / score
grievance (n.)
an allegation that something imposes an illegal obligation or denies some legal right or causes injustice;
grievance (n.)
a complaint about a (real or imaginary) wrong that causes resentment and is grounds for action;
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