American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To distress; afflict.
- v. To inflict an injury or injuries on.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To give pain or sorrow to; afflict; grieve.
- To bear hard upon; oppress or injure in one's rights; vex or harass, as by injustice: used chiefly or only in the passive.
- To mourn; lament.
- v. transitive To give pain or sorrow to; to afflict; hence, to oppress or injure in one's rights; to bear heavily upon;—now commonly used in the passive, to be aggrieved.
- v. intransitive, obsolete To grieve; to lament.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To give pain or sorrow to; to afflict; hence, to oppress or injure in one's rights; to bear heavily upon; -- now commonly used in the passive
TO be aggrieved.
- v. obsolete To grieve; to lament.
- v. cause to feel sorrow
- v. infringe on the rights of
- From Middle English agreven, Old French agrever; a (Latin ad) + grever ("to burden, injure"), Latin gravare ("to weigh down"), from gravis ("heavy"). See grieve, and compare with aggravate. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English agreven, from Old French agrever, from Latin aggravāre, to make worse; see aggravate. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“And they will continue to deeply aggrieve, and hinder, those who held them, and loved them, so dearly.”
“But since there's nothing at all wrong with the statute that requires him to perform the ministerial task he has so far petulantly avoided, and because his malfeasance has been used to aggrieve the lawfully appointed Burris, White should be harshly condemned at the very least.”
“Such an overwhelming catastrophe would certainly aggrieve the French, for they are a kindly-disposed nation.”
“There will undoubtedly be a reflexive tendency for many long-serving Democrats to use their newfound power to aggrieve what they perceive as previous abuses by the other party.”
“We will not belong in a way that frees us of consequence; in the dawn of each new day we must aggrieve with our complicity.”
“Not so for the small-minded largely tenured bullies that make up the professionally sensitive and always aggrieve advocacy wing of the NCA.”
“Might not the Federation aggrieve the Klingons by impeding their expansion?”
“You cannot libel the dead and I do not see how you can insult the dead, either; it is in the nature of an insult that it should aggrieve the target.”
“So Richildis had said, perhaps even to excess, and with intent to aggrieve his master.”
“This left the President to take action on his own, but Randolph seemed to fear that such a gesture by the Executive would aggrieve Republicans in the West and the South.”
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