Grievance vs Pestilence - What's the difference?

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Grievance is a related term of pestilence.

As a noun grievance

is (countable) something which causes grief.

As a proper noun pestilence is

the personification of pestilence, often depicted riding a white horse.


Alternative forms

* grievaunce (archaic)


(en noun)
  • (countable) Something which causes grief.
  • A wrong or hardship suffered, which is the grounds of a complaint.
  • * November 2 2014 , Daniel Taylor, " Sergio Ag├╝ero strike wins derby for Manchester City against 10-man United,"
  • Wayne Rooney spent much of the game remonstrating with Oliver about his own grievances and, in the interest of balance, there were certainly occasions when United had legitimate complaints.
  • *{{quote-book, year=2006, author=
  • , title=Internal Combustion , chapter=2 citation , passage=Throughout the 1500s, the populace roiled over a constellation of grievances of which the forest emerged as a key focal point. The popular late Middle Ages fictional character Robin Hood, dressed in green to symbolize the forest, dodged fines for forest offenses and stole from the rich to give to the poor. But his appeal was painfully real and embodied the struggle over wood.}}
  • A complaint or annoyance.
  • A formal complaint, especially in the context of a unionized workplace.
  • * If you want the problem fixed, you'll have to file a grievance with the city.
  • pestilence



    (en noun)
  • Any epidemic disease that is highly contagious, infectious, virulent and devastating.
  • * 1949 - Bruce Kiskaddon, George R. Stewart,
  • The snowshoe-rabbits build up through the years until they reach a climax when they seem to be everywhere; then with dramatic suddenness their pestilence falls upon them.