aggrieve

[uh-greev]

verb (used with object), ag·grieved, ag·griev·ing.

to oppress or wrong grievously; injure by injustice.
to afflict with pain, anxiety, etc.

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  1. aggressive infantile fibromatosis,
  2. aggressive mimicry,
  3. aggressively,
  4. aggressivity,
  5. aggressor,
  6. aggrieved,
  7. aggro,
  8. agh.,
  9. agha,
  10. aghast

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

Related formsag·grieve·ment, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for aggrieve

aggrieve

verb (tr)

(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

Word Origin for aggrieve

C14: agreven, via Old French from Latin aggravāre to aggravate

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Word Origin and History for aggrieve

aggrieve

v.

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

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