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.
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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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“Aggrieved.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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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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