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aggrieve

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verb ag·grieve \ə-ˈgrēv\

Definition of aggrieve

ag·grievedag·griev·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to give pain or trouble to :  distress

  3. 2 :  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>.

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