This syndrome is aggravated by a legal system that now offers incentives to whistleblowers that would make Goldman Sachs blush.
A recent article in a medical journal called it ‘aggravated assault.’
Charged with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm, Norris faced a possible sentence of 20 years.
But he still faces charges of “aggravated pimping” in Lille, north of Paris.
“Force-feeding a competent person is not the practice of medicine; it is aggravated assault,” they write.
And naturally, ordinary trials of boarding-house life were aggravated by circumstance.
From the back of the house a hen clucked in an excited, aggravated manner.
Tchaikovskys anxiety was aggravated by the fear that his favourite work might disappear altogether from the repertory.
The bent corner was more pronounced than ever, as if aggravated by the manipulations.
The habitual improvidence of the poor is aggravated in their case by the dangerous fluctuation of their trade.
1540s, "increased, magnified," past participle adjective from aggravate. Meaning "irritated" is from 1610s; that of "made worse" is from 1630s. The earlier adjective was simply aggravate (late 15c.).
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.