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English definition of “grievance”

grievance

noun [C or U] uk   /ˈɡriː.vəns/ us  
a complaint or a strong feeling that you have been treated unfairly: A special committee has been appointed to handle prisoners' grievances. Bill still harbours/nurses a grievance against his employers for not promoting him. The small amount of compensation is a further source of grievance to the people forced to leave their homes.
(Definition of grievance from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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