- to oppress or wrong grievously; injure by injustice.
- to afflict with pain, anxiety, etc.
Origin of aggrieve
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Examples from the Web for aggrieve
No natives know so well how to aggrieve and be unpleasant to travellers.
The mighty mother cannot find it in her heart to pronounce a decision which must aggrieve one of such a devoted pair.
Everything that can most aggrieve the heart of man has befallen me here under his eyes.A Thorny Path [Per Aspera], Complete
- (often impersonal or passive) to grieve; distress; afflictit aggrieved her much that she could not go
- to injure unjustly, esp by infringing a person's legal rights
C14: agreven, via Old French from Latin aggravāre to aggravate
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Word Origin and History for aggrieve
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