Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of aggravating or the state of being aggravated.
  • noun A source of continuing, increasing irritation or trouble.
  • noun Exasperation.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Increase of the weight, intensity, heinousness, or severity of anything; the act of making worse; addition, or that which is added, to anything evil or improper: as, an aggravation of pain, grief, crime, etc.
  • noun Exaggeration, as in a pictorial representation or in a statement of facts; heightened description.
  • noun Provocation; irritation.
  • noun In Rom. canon law, a censure, threatening excommunication after disregard of three admonitions.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of aggravating, or making worse; -- used of evils, natural or moral; the act of increasing in severity or heinousness; something additional to a crime or wrong and enhancing its guilt or injurious consequences.
  • noun Exaggerated representation.
  • noun An extrinsic circumstance or accident which increases the guilt of a crime or the misery of a calamity.
  • noun colloq. Provocation; irritation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act of aggravating, or making worse; used of evils, natural or moral; the act of increasing in severity or heinousness; something additional to a crime or wrong and enhancing its guilt or injurious consequences.
  • noun Exaggerated representation.
  • noun An extrinsic circumstance or accident which increases the guilt of a crime or the misery of a calamity.

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

  • noun an exasperated feeling of annoyance
  • noun action that makes a problem or a disease (or its symptoms) worse
  • noun unfriendly behavior that causes anger or resentment

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle French aggravation

Examples

  • If, in fact, he is found guilty he moves on to the penalty phase and my guess would be, and again the lawyers can chime in, is that his previous record at that point would come in as a factor in what they call aggravation that the prosecution would present.

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  • My other ongoing aggravation is not limited to Martha, it's all the how-to shows where the person doing a demonstration must explain their actions as they go along.

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  • Yes, the open-air angst and mechanical aggravation is lost to us, but hold the phone.

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  • My other ongoing aggravation is not limited to Martha, it's all the how-to shows where the person doing a demonstration must explain their actions as they go along.

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  • The major aggravation is the conflict breaking out in South Ossetia.

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  • The minor aggravation is that the internet here is down.

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  • After matter in aggravation, extenuation, or mitigation has been introduced the prosecution or defense has the right to cross-examine any witnesses and to offer evidence in rebuttal.

    EXECUTIVE ORDER 10214

  • You see how obedient the Rechabites are to their father's commandment (v. 14); but you have not inclined your ear to me (v. 15), though one might much more reasonably expect that the people of God should have obeyed him than that the sons of Jonadab should have obeyed him; and the aggravation is very high, for, 1.

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  • We may not always like what the First Amendment permits, but we've agreed as a nation that the short-term aggravation of personal offense is the tithe we pay for freedom.

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  • For all the short-term aggravation it causes, the avalanche of snow that's covered Rockingham County this winter has plen ...

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