ag·​grieved | \ ə-ˈgrēvd How to pronounce aggrieved (audio) \

Definition of aggrieved

1 : troubled or distressed in spirit
2a : suffering from an infringement or denial of legal rights aggrieved minority groups
b : showing or expressing grief, injury, or offense an aggrieved plea

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aggrievedly \ ə-​ˈgrē-​vəd-​lē How to pronounce aggrieved (audio) \ 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 The Sheriff’s Department and the county Housing Authority ultimately agreed to pay altogether more than $2 million to compensate aggrieved residents. Los Angeles Times, "Sheriff’s Department reform in Antelope Valley has lagged for years, court monitors say," 25 Feb. 2021 Kevin Macdonald’s film is typical of a somewhat tired and cliché-driven genre, in which there is always a crusading lawyer and an innocent and aggrieved prisoner. Kyle Smith, National Review, "An Oversimplified Look at a Gitmo Detainee," 12 Feb. 2021 Many Scottish exporters feel aggrieved that while the British decided to wave through many European trucks for several months as the kinks are worked out of the system, France put the new rules in place from Day 1. New York Times, "For Some Scottish Seafood Businesses, Brexit Could Be a Death Knell," 13 Jan. 2021 Cringe means angry and aggrieved, hateful and bigoted. Seth Simons, The New Republic, "The Comedy Industry Has a Big Alt-Right Problem," 9 Feb. 2021 The proper remedy for any aggrieved San Franciscans, Streeter said, was the ballot box. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, "Appeals court upholds S.F.'s removal of 'Early Days' statue, rejects censorship argument," 1 Feb. 2021 In short, Gorsuch sounds like Trump: strident, sarcastic, snide, partisan, aggrieved and victimized, the opposite of the deliberative, conservative rationality of Chief Justice John Roberts. John M. Crisp Tribune News Service (tns), Star Tribune, "On worship restrictions, Supreme Court takes a Trumpian turn," 30 Nov. 2020 As that debate was ongoing, the media's focus shifted to outside Congress, where supporters who had gathered to hear an aggrieved president fume about his defeat began streaming to the Capitol. David Bauder, Star Tribune, "Media captures unprecedented storming of U.S. Capitol," 7 Jan. 2021 An aggrieved worker could also opt to file a costly lawsuit, or talk to a journalist and hope for an investigation. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, "The restaurant equity revolution will not be Instagrammed," 21 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of aggrieved

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for aggrieved

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

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28 Feb 2021

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“Aggrieved.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of aggrieved

: feeling anger because of unfair treatment
law : having suffered from unfair treatment


ag·​grieved | \ ə-ˈgrēvd How to pronounce aggrieved (audio) \

Kids Definition of aggrieved

1 : having or showing a troubled or unhappy mind She answered with an aggrieved tone.
2 : having cause for complaint especially from unfair treatment The judge ordered payment to the aggrieved party.



Legal Definition of aggrieved

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

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