- causing or full of aggravation: I've had an aggravating day.
Origin of aggravating
- 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.
Origin of aggravate
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Examples from the Web for aggravating
So while the poor sound quality was aggravating, it was also a signal of some weird legitimacy.Digging the Gold in Dylan’s ‘Basement’
November 5, 2014
There are a lot of aggravating myths and narratives in politics.The Most Annoying Myth in Politics
February 24, 2014
We all know that spending time with your extended clan over the holidays can be aggravating.Can Being With Your Family on Thanksgiving Actually Kill You?
November 29, 2013
It found a way to make one of the most aggravating aspects of modern American life, air travel, even more aggravating.Sequestration Empowered President Obama
April 25, 2013
But after more than 10 aggravating, exorbitantly expensive and violent years, the world has pretty much had it with Afghanistan.Afghanistan’s Mineral Wealth Could Be a Bonanza—or Lead to Disaster
Dr. Cheryl Benard
July 4, 2012
Mrs. Wilkins, of all the aggravating women I ever came across, you are the worst.The Universal Reciter
"You are so aggravating too, my boy," said the old seaman, with unexpected placidity.An Outcast of the Islands
What you must do is to pay no attention to her when she is aggravating.Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore
For the symptoms of the night before had developed in a most aggravating way.A Modern Tomboy
L. T. Meade
They are noisy, vicious, unaccommodating and aggravating to a degree.
- to make (a disease, situation, problem, etc) worse or more severe
- informal to annoy; exasperate, esp by deliberate and persistent goading
Word Origin and History for aggravating
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.