aggrieved

adjective

ag·​grieved ə-ˈgrēvd How to pronounce aggrieved (audio)
1
: troubled or distressed in spirit
2
a
: suffering from an infringement or denial of legal rights
aggrieved minority groups
b
: showing or expressing grief, injury, or offense
an aggrieved plea
aggrievedly adverb

Examples of aggrieved in a Sentence

He felt aggrieved by their refusal to meet with him. The aggrieved party may cancel the contract.
Recent Examples on the Web And so when his mentor and their vision for America are destroyed with a single shot, Stanton leaps into aggrieved action. Margaret Lyons, New York Times, 28 Mar. 2024 Practicing this apology language requires openly and unreservedly acknowledging one’s mistakes, while also demonstrating empathy for the emotions of the aggrieved party. Mark Travers, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 Over the past 20 years, a fashion for aggrieved and confrontational behavior has migrated out of reality television into the wider entertainment and business worlds, and also into politics, in the person of Donald Trump. Ross Andersen, The Atlantic, 18 Mar. 2024 As the older kids, Troy and Amy remember their father as an aggrieved and angry man. Alison Herman, Variety, 14 Mar. 2024 If David is the brain of Curb, however, Lewis was the raw, bleeding heart, the perpetually aggrieved best friend who takes offense at even the most minor slights and breaches, who can’t help but constantly be taken aback by his friend’s emotional limitations. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 28 Feb. 2024 Bruce Davis always braced himself for a barrage of phone calls the day after the telecast from bereaved, aggrieved family members who often berated him through tears. Travis M. Andrews, Washington Post, 5 Mar. 2024 The aggrieved teens also cite everything from studies showing music improves focus to possible family emergencies and school shootings. USA TODAY, 3 Jan. 2024 But aggrieved, non-rich Americans could take comfort in the notion that rich people were being asked to pay up, too. Joseph Thorndike, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English agreved "annoyed, resentful," from past participle of agreven "to aggrieve"

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of aggrieved was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Aggrieved.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aggrieved. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

aggrieved

adjective
ag·​grieved ə-ˈgrēvd How to pronounce aggrieved (audio)
1
: troubled or distressed in spirit
2
: having a cause for complaint
especially : suffering from injury or loss

Legal Definition

aggrieved

adjective
: having a grievance: as
a
: suffering from an infringement or denial of rights
b
: having interests adversely affected
aggrieved creditors

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