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 \ ə-​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.
Recent Examples on the Web Domestically, Iran has other issues, with the country’s leadership facing an aggrieved populace. Katherine Doyle, Washington Examiner, "'Pretty straightforward': White House denies it lacks coherent strategy on Iran," 8 Jan. 2020 Ramsey had every right to feel aggrieved at losing his job out of the preseason but stuck with his team and has become central to Indiana's success, both in terms of production and in terms of leadership. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Scouting report: What to expect from IU football at 2020 Gator Bowl," 31 Dec. 2019 The escalating use of the filibuster and the rising toxicity of Supreme Court confirmation hearings are examples of how scorched-earth politics can be hard to extinguish once one party feels aggrieved and gets the opportunity to exact revenge. Carl Hulse, New York Times, "In a Polarized Era, Will Impeachment Become a ‘New Normal’?," 12 Dec. 2019 In some cases, though, aggrieved customers have taken matters into their own hands. Steve Rubenstein,, "Porch piracy: Growing holiday scourge prompts anger, arrests and a glitter bomb," 20 Dec. 2019 Burnley were aggrieved to not receive a penalty with the score at 1-0, but VAR controversially judged the ball not to have struck the arm of Jack O'Connell., "Sheffield United 3-0 Burnley: Report, Ratings & Reaction as the Blades Turn on the Style," 2 Nov. 2019 Jesse Armstrong’s darkly funny family saga about a family of aggrieved rich white people treating each other terribly is the perfect prime-time soap for our times. Kristen Baldwin,, "The best (and worst) TV shows of 2019," 11 Dec. 2019 But when the bill comes due, teams act like they, not the people their actions wounded, are the aggrieved party. Des Bieler, The Denver Post, "Sports Illustrated reporter describes “shocking” incident with Astros executive," 23 Oct. 2019 Some judges also fear that the anger of an aggrieved party may lead to violence. The Economist, "In China, courts deny women divorces in the name of “social harmony”," 10 Oct. 2019

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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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13 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Aggrieved.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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How to pronounce aggrieved (audio)

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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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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