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  1. wronged, offended, or injured: He felt himself aggrieved.
  2. Law. deprived of legal rights or claims.
  3. troubled; worried; disturbed; unhappy.
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Origin of aggrieved

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at aggrieve, -ed2
Related formsag·griev·ed·ly [uh-gree-vid-lee] /əˈgri vɪd li/, adverbag·griev·ed·ness, noun

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1. abused, harmed, wounded.


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.
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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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Related Words for aggrieved

oppressed, disturbed, persecuted, wronged, grieving, injured, peeved, harmed, depressed, pained, hurt, afflicted, saddened, unhappy, woeful

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British Dictionary definitions for aggrieved


  1. feeling resentment at having been treated unjustly
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Derived Formsaggrievedly (əˈɡriːvɪdlɪ), adverb


verb (tr)
  1. (often impersonal or passive) to grieve; distress; afflictit aggrieved her much that she could not go
  2. to injure unjustly, esp by infringing a person's legal rights
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Word Origin for aggrieve

C14: agreven, via Old French from Latin aggravāre to aggravate
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Word Origin and History for aggrieved


"oppressed in spirit," mid-14c., past participle adjective from aggrieve. The legal sense of "injured or wronged in one's rights" is from 1580s.

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

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