aggrieve

To aggrieve someone is a lousy thing to do. Not sure why? See the "grieve" in there, and you'll see why. It means to bring someone sorrow.

Which one of us is the aggrieved party? Well, considering it was you who let your pigs run roughshod over my lawn, I think it's clear that it's you who aggrieved me. Or, to put it another way, I've been aggrieved by you and your horrible hogs. When you're talking about interpersonal issues, to aggrieve someone is to hurt their feelings, but in the legal sense, it means something slightly different: it's not feelings that are hurt when one is aggrieved, but one's rights.

Definitions of aggrieve
  1. verb
    cause to feel distress
    synonyms: grieve, harrow
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    type of:
    afflict
    cause great unhappiness for; distress
  2. verb
    infringe on the rights of
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    type of:
    wrong
    treat unjustly; do wrong to
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