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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Law The part of a charge or an accusation that weighs most substantially against the accused.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The grievance complained of; the substantial cause of the action; also, in general, the ground or essence of a complaint.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The grievance complained of; the substantial cause of the action; also, in general, the ground or essence of a complaint. Bouvier.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The burden or chief weight; that part of an accusation which weighs most heavily against the accused; the substantial cause of an action at law; ground or burden of complaint in general.
  • n. In the Ch. of Eng., a representation by the lower house of Convocation to the upper of an existing grievance, disorder, or inconvenience affecting the church.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Medieval Latin gravāmen, injury, accusation, from Late Latin, encumbrance, obligation, from Latin gravāre, to burden, from gravis, heavy; see grave2.

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Latin gravare to load

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