AskDefine | Define aggrieve

Dictionary Definition

aggrieve

Verb

1 infringe on the rights of
2 break the heart of; cause to feel sorrow [syn: grieve]

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English

Etymology

From agreven, agrever; a + grever, gravare, from gravis. See grieve, and compare with aggravate.

Pronunciation

  • /ʌˈgɹiv/

Verb

  1. 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.
  2. intransitive obsolete To grieve; to lament.

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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