- annoyed; irritated: I get so aggravated when I get this much junk mail.
- Law. characterized by some feature defined by law that enhances the crime, as the intention of the criminal or the special vulnerability of the victim: aggravated assault; aggravated rape.
Origin of aggravated
- 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 aggravated
Two weeks before trial, Beebe pleaded guilty to a single charge of aggravated sexual battery.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything
December 16, 2014
On Monday, Kurilla was arraigned on charges of criminal homicide and aggravated assault.10-Year-Old Murder Defendant Shows Failure of U.S. Juvenile Justice System
October 18, 2014
The two responding officers, Cuong Sam and Bryon Hargis, could have charged Rice with aggravated assault, a felony.
The charge against Palmer was dropped, and Rice was indicted on a higher charge of aggravated assault.
But the problem is aggravated immeasurably by the simplicity of current-day pop music.Did Led Zeppelin Steal ‘Stairway to Heaven’?
May 25, 2014
How often is distress, similar to this, aggravated by unkindness!Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
She aggravated him with all manner of caresses and endearments.The Works of Whittier, Volume V (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
Perhaps from their elevation they saw the railway, and it aggravated them.The Uncommercial Traveller
In his every scheme for a huge success I took now an aggravated delight.The Harbor
The cruel sensations of Imogen were not aggravated by despair, but heightened by hope.Imogen
- law (of a criminal offence) made more serious by its circumstances
- 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 aggravated
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.