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[uh-greev] /əˈgriv/
verb (used with object), aggrieved, aggrieving.
to oppress or wrong grievously; injure by injustice.
to afflict with pain, anxiety, etc.
Origin of aggrieve
1250-1300; Middle English agreven < Middle French agrever < Latin aggravāre to make heavy, worsen, equivalent to ag- ag- + grav- (see grave2) + -āre infinitive suffix; cf. aggravate
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aggrievement, noun Unabridged
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  • There was a tone of injury and aggrievement in his talk of the bear's ingratitude.

    Eben Holden Irving Bacheller
  • "I did think you would have helped me, Bunny," Delushy cried, with aggrievement.

    The Maid of Sker Richard Doddridge Blackmore
  • There is no expression of aggrievement, either slight or acute, at the precious metals leaving her.

  • She had a sense of aggrievement and a feeling of added loneliness as she sat down to her solitary lunch.

    A Young Mutineer Mrs. L. T. Meade
British Dictionary definitions for aggrievement


verb (transitive)
(often impersonal or passive) to grieve; distress; afflict: it aggrieved her much that she could not go
to injure unjustly, esp by infringing a person's legal rights
Word Origin
C14: agreven, via Old French from Latin aggravāre to aggravate
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Word Origin and History for aggrievement



early 14c., from Old French agrever "make worse; become worse," from Latin aggravare "make heavier" (see aggravation). Related: Aggrieved; aggrieving.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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