to make worse or more severe; intensify, as anything evil, disorderly, or troublesome:
to aggravate a grievance; to aggravate an illness.
to annoy; irritate; exasperate:
His questions aggravate her.
to cause to become irritated or inflamed:
The child’s constant scratching aggravated the rash.
This, in turn, serves to amplify and aggravate differences of interest and power among the competing national groups.
Why the Taliban Won Leslie H. Gelb August 22, 2009
But the champagne seemed only to aggravate their gloom except in the case of young Jamieson.
The Plum Tree David Graham Phillips
Is it for you to aggravate as a crime, what reason teaches is, at worst, a misfortune?
Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I Francis Augustus Cox
This is, of course, not his fault, but it seems somehow to aggravate the distaste I have for him.
A Bid for Fortune Guy Boothby
I felt that to obtrude my consolations on her then would only serve to aggravate her sufferings.
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall Anne Bronte
Their wooden grimaces must aggravate the precisely featured houses of the town.
Fantazius Mallare Ben Hecht
And Kitty refused her breakfast in consequence—only to aggravate me.
The Strand Magazine, Volume V, Issue 25, January 1893 Various
To aggravate this disaster, a curious sight was seen a fortnight after the fall of the Peñon.
The Story of the Barbary Corsairs Stanley Lane-Poole
When he grew a little better, the Bohemian rather began to aggravate him.
Cruel Barbara Allen David Christie Murray
A herd of others were suborned to aggravate the charges, and to controvert whatever evidence the prisoner might bring forward.
Wilson’s Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Volume 19 Various
to make (a disease, situation, problem, etc) worse or more severe
(informal) to annoy; exasperate, esp by deliberate and persistent goading
1520s, “make heavy, burden down,” from past participle adjective aggravate “burdened; threatened” (late 15c.), from Latin aggravatus, past participle of aggravare “to render more troublesome,” literally “to make heavy” (see aggravation). Earlier in this sense was aggrege (late 14c.). Meaning “to make a bad thing worse” is from 1590s; that of “exasperate, annoy” is from 1610s.
To aggravate has properly only one meaning — to make (an evil) worse or more serious. [Fowler]
Related: Aggravated; aggravating. Phrase aggravating circumstances is recorded from 1790.
annoyed; irritated: I get so aggravated when I get this much junk mail. Law. characterized by some feature defined by law that enhances the crime, as the intention of the criminal or the special vulnerability of the victim: aggravated assault; aggravated rape. to make worse or more severe; intensify, as anything evil, disorderly, or troublesome: […]
- Aggravated battery
noun knowing and intentional infliction of injury on a person that creates a substantial risk of death or causes serious impairment, disfigurement, or loss Examples Aggravated battery is a more serious form of battery, and is considered a felony, unlike simple battery which is a misdemeanor. Word Origin aggravated in this sense means ‘increased, magnified’ […]
- Aggravated trespass
noun (law) an offence in which a trespasser in the open air attempts to interfere with a lawful activity, such as hunting
causing or full of : I’ve had an aggravating day. to make worse or more severe; intensify, as anything evil, disorderly, or troublesome: to aggravate a grievance; to aggravate an illness. to annoy; irritate; exasperate: His questions aggravate her. to cause to become irritated or inflamed: The child’s constant scratching aggravated the rash. Contemporary Examples […]