from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To distress; afflict.
  • transitive v. To inflict an injury or injuries on.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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. To grieve; to lament.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To grieve; to lament.
  • transitive 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.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cause to feel sorrow
  • v. infringe on the rights of


Middle English agreven, from Old French agrever, from Latin aggravāre, to make worse; see aggravate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)


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  • Such an overwhelming catastrophe would certainly aggrieve the French, for they are a kindly-disposed nation.

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  • 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.

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  • So Richildis had said, perhaps even to excess, and with intent to aggrieve his master.

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