This, in turn, serves to amplify and aggravate differences of interest and power among the competing national groups.
But the champagne seemed only to aggravate their gloom except in the case of young Jamieson.
He knows I don't want sech things, and he does it jest to aggravate me.
This is, of course, not his fault, but it seems somehow to aggravate the distaste I have for him.
That I will help Kate controll her temper, and not mock and aggravate her when she sulks.
Their wooden grimaces must aggravate the precisely featured houses of the town.
Mr Vandean,” cried the lieutenant, “do you want to aggravate me?
To aggravate this disaster, a curious sight was seen a fortnight after the fall of the Peñon.
Is it for you to aggravate as a crime, what reason teaches is, at worst, a misfortune?
A herd of others were suborned to aggravate the charges, and to controvert whatever evidence the prisoner might bring forward.
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.