verb ag·grieve \ə-ˈgrēv\

Definition of AGGRIEVE

transitive verb
:  to give pain or trouble to :  distress
:  to inflict injury on

Origin of AGGRIEVE

Middle English agreven, from Anglo-French agrever, from Latin aggravare to make heavier
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of AGGRIEVE

wrong, oppress, persecute, aggrieve mean to injure unjustly or outrageously. wrong implies inflicting injury either unmerited or out of proportion to what one deserves <a penal system that had wronged him>. oppress suggests inhumane imposing of burdens one cannot endure or exacting more than one can perform <a people oppressed by a warmongering tyrant>. persecute implies a relentless and unremitting subjection to annoyance or suffering <a child persecuted by constant criticism>. aggrieve implies suffering caused by an infringement or denial of rights <a legal aid society representing aggrieved minority groups>.

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi


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