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

Other Words from aggrieved

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 Only once everyone is somewhat aggrieved will the solution be somewhat tenable. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 6 May 2022 But soon enough — come a scandal in Washington or Hollywood, an overseas crisis, a natural disaster, another spike in COVID-19 cases — a great number of the angry and aggrieved will move on. Los Angeles Times, 25 May 2022 Downtowns were boarded up on the eve of the 2020 race not against angry and aggrieved Trump voters. WSJ, 8 Oct. 2021 Williams lauded other court decisions that have signaled wins for the Niger Delta’s aggrieved communities. Krystina Shveda, CNN, 25 May 2022 The long, torturous nightmare of government overreach, which is how so many aggrieved passengers viewed the mandate effecting public transportation, has come to an end. Washington Post, 19 Apr. 2022 Without going into detail about the dynamic between himself and aggrieved parties, Murray explained his perspective on the situation and its aftermath. J. Kim Murphy, Variety, 30 Apr. 2022 That feminist nod is but a punctuation point in a story that bemoans the suffering caused by atavistic patterns of aggrieved and insecure men seeking to prove their worth by fighting, raping and taking. Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2022 Long aggrieved and newly offended, Joy becomes Evelyn’s superhero nemesis, Jobu Tupaki, a character of many costumes who has one constant. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 24 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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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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