- aggravated trespass,
- aggregate fruit,
- aggregate glands
Origin of aggravating
verb (used with object), ag·gra·vat·ed, ag·gra·vat·ing.
Origin of aggravate
Examples from the Web for aggravating
So while the poor sound quality was aggravating, it was also a signal of some weird legitimacy.
There are a lot of aggravating myths and narratives in politics.
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?|Kent Sepkowitz|November 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It found a way to make one of the most aggravating aspects of modern American life, air travel, even more aggravating.
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|DAILY BEAST
Edgar merely smiled with the most aggravating self-sufficiency.My Buried Treasure|Richard Harding Davis
I wont dance with you again this evening, just to pay you for being so aggravating.Marjorie Dean, College Senior|Pauline Lester
They would read passages from the British classics quite as aggravating as the laws.Eighty Years And More; Reminiscences 1815-1897|Elizabeth Cady Stanton
I was irritated by the whole long train of aggravating circumstances, but said, "Give me the contract, I'll sign it."Great Singers on the Art of Singing|James Francis Cooke
If boys aren't the most aggravating things, when they want to be!The Outdoor Girls on Pine Island|Laura Lee Hope
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.