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verb (used with object),ag·grieved, ag·griev·ing.
  1. to oppress or wrong grievously; injure by injustice.

  2. 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

Other words from aggrieve

  • ag·grieve·ment, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for aggrieve


/ (əˈɡriːv) /

  1. (often impersonal or passive) to grieve; distress; afflict: it aggrieved her much that she could not go

  2. to injure unjustly, esp by infringing a person's legal rights

Origin of aggrieve

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

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