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
Related formsag·grieve·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for aggrievement

Historical Examples of aggrievement

  • 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 (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

Word Origin for aggrieve

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.

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