Definition of aggrieve
1 : to give pain or trouble to : distress
2 : to inflict injury on
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Trump has been stewing all week, aggrieved by sharp media scrutiny of his decision to fire Comey and of his and his aides' ever-shifting explanations, and has been quick to blame his staff, according to several people who have spoken with him.
But Mr. Trump’s put-down was only one in a long list of squabbles that the president has engaged in over the past week with individuals or groups that have aggrieved him.
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Origin and Etymology of aggrieve
Middle English agreven, from Anglo-French agrever, from Latin aggravare to make heavier
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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Legal Definition of aggrieve
: to inflict injury on: as a : to adversely affect the interests of was not the party aggrieved by the exemption b : to infringe or deny the rights of a person aggrieved by an unlawful search and seizure — Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure Rule 41(g)
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