genuine, legitimate, real

Some people will complain even if they have no genuine grievance.

historical (esp. AmE), long-standing, old
individual, personal
economic, political, social

By the 1950s, political grievances were again being voiced.

harbour/harbor, have, nurse

She still nursed her old grievance.

air, express, voice
file (AmE)
hear (formal), listen to

No one would listen to their grievances.

address, redress, remedy (esp. BrE), settle

Managers would make every effort to address individual grievances.

procedure, process
committee (AmE)
grievance about, grievance over

The meeting will be a chance to air your grievances about the organization.

grievance against

He had a personal grievance against the professor.

a sense of grievance

Collocations dictionary. 2013.


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