verb (used with object), ag·gra·vat·ed, ag·gra·vat·ing.
- aggravated trespass,
Origin of aggravate
Examples from the Web for aggravate
This, in turn, serves to amplify and aggravate differences of interest and power among the competing national groups.
The adversaries of the bill seized this opportunity to aggravate the apprehensions of the public.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II.|Tobias Smollett
And Armine said it would be breaking the Third Commandment, which was the very way to aggravate them most.Magnum Bonum|Charlotte M. Yonge
But this reflection might, perhaps, aggravate a disappointment.The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Vol. I (of 9)|Thomas Jefferson
Ye'll no' be forgetting our suspicions and judgments; and here is another circumstance to augment and aggravate them all.The Pathfinder|James Fenimore Cooper
To aggravate this disaster, a curious sight was seen a fortnight after the fall of the Peñon.The Story of the Barbary Corsairs|Stanley Lane-Poole
Word Origin for aggravate
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.