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[ag-ruh-vey-shuh n] /ˌæg rəˈveɪ ʃən/
an increase in intensity, seriousness, or severity; act of making worse:
an aggravation of pain.
the state of being aggravated.
something that causes an increase in intensity, degree, or severity.
annoyance; exasperation:
Johnny causes me so much aggravation!
a source or cause of annoyance or exasperation:
Johnny's such an aggravation to her!
Origin of aggravation
1475-85; < Medieval Latin aggravātiōn- (stem of aggravātiō); see aggravate, -ion
Related forms
overaggravation, noun
preaggravation, noun
superaggravation, noun
Can be confused
Usage note
See aggravate. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The day brought no aggravation of the symptoms; again the night was quiet.

    The Book-Hunter John Hill Burton
  • In all this there was so great an aggravation of his misery!

    Cousin Henry Anthony Trollope
  • Subacute exacerbations occur from time to time, with fever and aggravation of the local symptoms and implication of other joints.

    Manual of Surgery Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • It isn't the girl, you know, it's—it's the aggravation of it.

  • That aggravation entirely overpowered Edward Rider's self-control.

    The Doctor's Family Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
  • Just worn out with the work, and the worry and the aggravation, that's all.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
  • The presence of a spectre in the horizon is an aggravation of solitude.

    The Man Who Laughs Victor Hugo
Word Origin and History for aggravation

late 15c., from Middle French aggravation, from Late Latin aggravationem (nominative aggravatio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin aggravare "make heavier," figuratively "to embarrass further, increase in oppressiveness," from ad "to" (see ad-) + gravare "weigh down," from gravis "heavy" (see grave (adj.)). Oldest sense is "increasing in gravity or seriousness;" that of "irritation" is from 1610s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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