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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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 That the nominee revealed he is still haunted by the ghost of the Clintons was disturbing — and an extremely effective rallying cry to an aggrieved right. Danny Westneat, The Seattle Times, "The mask slips: Now we know what Supreme Court fight is really about," 29 Sep. 2018 The burden of proof has shifted to believing the aggrieved as opposed to defending the oppressor. Eric Johnson, Recode, "John Skipper, ESPN’s former president, is back ... at a rival sports media company.," 8 Nov. 2018 Musonda is supposed to remain at Celtic Park until the summer of 2019 but, with the Londoners extremely aggrieved at his handling, Chelsea could look to recall him in the summer to send him elsewhere., "Report Claims Brendan Rodgers' Chelsea Job Hopes Fading for Bizarrely Petty Reason," 1 May 2018 The trailer has everything your abuela loves to talk about, including a priest offering grave omens, and a woman wailing in aggrieved Spanglish. Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, ""The Curse of Lla Llorona" Trailer Is 2 Minutes and 15 Seconds of Mexican Folklore Terror," 18 Oct. 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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