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aggrieve

[ uh-greev ]
/ əˈgriv /
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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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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
ag·grieve·ment, noun
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  • "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
  • There was a tone of injury and aggrievement in his talk of the bear's ingratitude.

    Eben Holden|Irving Bacheller

British Dictionary definitions for aggrieve

aggrieve
/ (əˈɡriːv) /

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