ag·grieved | \ ə-ˈgrēvd \

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 \-ˈgrē-vəd-lē \ 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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Some suspense series take time to explore the characters — the detective and the aggrieved family members and friends — before tossing out the red herrings and twists. Matthew Gilbert,, "Accent on secrets in Netflix’s ‘Safe’," 8 May 2018 A few days later, some of the aggrieved gang members spotted Thibodeaux in a car. Anita Chabria, sacbee, "The man in charge of Sacramento's new anti-gun violence program was once a shooter himself," 29 May 2018 By 2018, surely her do-goody, NPR-listening, 1998, liberal egg-head persona would have morphed into a permanently aggrieved racial activist, intent on removing every lamentable obstacle on the march toward boundless diversity. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "A Democracy Disappears," 13 Apr. 2018 England shaded it, but will have been aggrieved to have not been handed a one man advantage after Tottenham target Wilmar Barrios was caught head-butting Jordan Henderson., "It's Coming Home! Twitter Reacts as England Win a Bloody Penalty Shootout at the World Cup," 3 July 2018 Morocco were aggrieved not to be awarded a penalty 10 minutes from time when the ball struck Pique's fist in the area. Patrick Galey,, "Last-gasp Aspas sees Spain draw 2-2 with Morocco," 25 June 2018 But his combination of bullying rhetoric and aggrieved victimhood is well-known. The Economist, "Donald Trump lobs a grenade from afar into the G7," 10 June 2018 If Trump had not acted, hundreds of lawsuits from people aggrieved by ALJ decisions might have soon been filed. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Nudged by SCOTUS, Trump Takes Control of Hundreds of Federal Agency Judges," 11 July 2018 Some argue, in the aggrieved tones of courtiers, that to question Warrior dominance is a sign of impoverishment. Michael Powell, New York Times, "The East Has Fallen Off the Map," 3 July 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 \

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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