ag·​grieve | \ ə-ˈgrēv How to pronounce aggrieve (audio) \
aggrieved; aggrieving

Definition of aggrieve

transitive verb

1 : to give pain or trouble to : distress
2 : to inflict injury on

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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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If someone believes an AIA member has violated the Code of Ethics, the protocol is for the person—who can be an AIA member or anyone directly aggrieved by the conduct of a member—to file an ethics violation complaint. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Inside the AIA’s efforts to address #MeToo," 5 Aug. 2019 Southerners were also aggrieved at their lack of representation—noting that the Osaka proposal would put figures from the Benelux countries in the two most powerful presidencies. Charlemagne | Brussels, The Economist, "The EU is struggling to agree on candidates for its biggest jobs," 1 July 2019 The bloated Democratic primary field is aggrieved, available and aggressively thirsty. Lisa Lerer, New York Times, "As 2020 Candidates Struggle to Be Heard, Their Grumbling Gets Louder," 11 June 2019 The Iranian team, already aggrieved by the replay system overturning a goal against Spain, reacted angrily., "Ronaldo misses penalty kick as Portugal draws with Iran," 25 June 2018 Mahathir, who stepped down in 2003, blames such unbridled corruption for the rising cost of living aggrieving many voters. Laignee Barron / Langkawi, Time, "Could Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad Become the World’s Oldest Leader? He Speaks to TIME About What Sparked His Political Comeback," 8 May 2018 Todd Kimmel, a digital marketer with a focus on the auto industry, seemed actively aggrieved by the shallow focus. Daniel Kolitz, The Atlantic, "Inside Facebook's Feel-Good Road Show," 20 Apr. 2018 The day after the nine-month delay passed, members of the Board of Selectmen asked Town Administrator Sean Fitzgerald to write an amendment to the Historical Commission’s bylaw providing an appeals process if a party feels aggrieved by a decision. Bette Keva,, "History lovers battle developers in Swampscott," 18 Apr. 2018 Liverpool fans were aggrieved that the Brazilian was not replaced, with Virgin van Dijk the only arrival at Anfield over the winter., "Liverpool Linked With Summer Move for Juve Star Amid Roberto Firmino Exit Rumours," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of aggrieve

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for aggrieve

Middle English agreven "to affect adversely, disturb, distress," borrowed from Anglo-French agrever "to make burdensome, worsen," going back to Latin aggravāre "to weigh down, burden, make worse" — more at aggravate

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transitive verb
ag·​grieve | \ ə-ˈgrēv How to pronounce aggrieve (audio) \
aggrieved; aggrieving

Legal Definition of aggrieve

: to inflict injury on: as
a : to adversely affect the interests of was not the party aggrieved by the exemption
b : to infringe or deny the rights of a person aggrieved by an unlawful search and seizureFederal Rules of Criminal Procedure Rule 41(g)

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