Grief means intense sorrow. You feel grief if something terribly sad happens, like if your dog dies or if your childhood sweetheart breaks up with you.

The word grief comes from the Latin word gravare, which means to make heavy. Gravare itself comes from the Latin word gravis, which means weighty. So think of grief as a heavy, oppressive sadness. We associate it most often with mourning a loved one's death, but it can follow any kind of loss.

Definitions of grief
  1. noun
    intense sorrow caused by loss of a loved one (especially by death)
    synonyms: brokenheartedness, heartache, heartbreak
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    dolor, dolour
    (poetry) painful grief
    type of:
    an emotion of great sadness associated with loss or bereavement
  2. noun
    something that causes great unhappiness
    “her death was a great grief to John”
    synonyms: sorrow
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    type of:
    negative stimulus
    a stimulus with undesirable consequences
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