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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Other Words from aggrieved

aggrievedly \ -​ˈgrē-​vəd-​lē How to pronounce aggrievedly (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.

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That players of the supposedly aggrieved teams didn't show a hint of protest after the fouls in question were committed dictates plenty about how unexpected those game-changing calls wound up being. Avi Creditor,, "As VAR Shows at Women's World Cup, This is the New Normal," 22 June 2019 Brockhouse, a more natural politician, spoke to everyone who felt aggrieved with the system — everyone who resented the press, who felt ignored by City Hall, who felt disrespected by the system. Gilbert Garcia,, "Nirenberg gets victory, but no mandate in San Antonio runoff," 8 June 2019 As others campaign as outsiders catering to those who feel aggrieved by the political system, Biden is embracing his four decades in national politics as an asset. Philip Elliott / Concord, Time, "Joe Biden Is on Top of the Democratic Primary Field. How Does He Stay There?," 5 June 2019 And the more aggrieved people are, the more their consciences are dulled. Dennis Prager, National Review, "Why So Many Mass Shootings?," 4 June 2019 But this grand alignment of the aggrieved has been moving from the realm of the hypothetical... Graham T. Allison And, WSJ, "A Sino-Russian Entente Again Threatens America," 29 Jan. 2019 One bars employers from staving off discrimination claims by offering bonuses or job offers to aggrieved employees. Jacob Gershman, WSJ, "New for 2019: Laws on Guns, Harassment, Cannabis-Spiked Drinks," 2 Jan. 2019 If recalcitrant journalists or their sources don’t bow to legal threats, the aggrieved can go on the offensive—in other words, get down and dirty. Ben Widdicombe, Town & Country, "How Much Does It Cost to Keep Your Name Out of the News?," 18 Jan. 2019 Martial has become aggrieved at a lack of game time following the January arrival of Alexis Sanchez, and won't pen a new five-year deal to extend his stay unless he is guaranteed a regular starting spot under Jose Mourinho., "Chelsea Plotting Shock Move for Manchester United Attacker as Doubts Continue Over Future," 1 May 2018

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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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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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