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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Other Words from aggrieved

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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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 By contrast, one Octopath Traveler climax had me battle an aggrieved college professor. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "In Octopath Traveler, jobs define more than just gameplay mechanics," 22 Aug. 2018 Then the younger one, aggrieved, points out that trans people shouldn’t have to wait that long to live as their true selves. Michelle Dean, The New Republic, "Tensions between two generations of feminists animate Meg Wolitzer’s novel.," 12 Apr. 2018 Concerns about the company’s practices were raised in interviews with two former employees and several aggrieved customers, centering on third-party warranties that are being aggressively marketed to Guitar Center customers. Danny Hakim, New York Times, "Recounting ‘Horror Stories’ Over Guitar Center’s Warranties," 7 June 2018 But in recent years Xi Jinping, China’s president, has been lashing out at those parts of civil society—independent lawyers, for example—that try to help the likes of the aggrieved parents in Sichuan. The Economist, "A huge earthquake in China ten years ago was a turning point," 10 May 2018 With Bayern's players fired up and feeling aggrieved, the second half was on a knife edge -- for all of 20 seconds. CNN, "Real Madrid beat Bayern Munich to reach fourth Champions League final in five years," 1 May 2018 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

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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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