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[ ag-ruh-vey-ting ]


  1. causing or full of aggravation:

    I've had an aggravating day.

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Other Words From

  • aggra·vating·ly adverb
  • un·aggra·vating adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of aggravating1

First recorded in 1630–40; aggravat(e) + -ing 2

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Example Sentences

Under Florida law, there are 16 “aggravating factors” that increase the severity of a crime and make a defendant eligible for the death penalty.

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These portraits show people whose achievements have both thrilled the world and drawn harsh criticism, like the entertaining, aggravating, visionary zillionaire Elon Musk.

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When we’re in the throes of anxiety, being told to “take a deep breath” can come across as overly simple or downright aggravating.

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The game can be aggressively aggravating, especially given the banality of its dialogue.

Tenants and landlords alike described the process as glitchy, difficult and 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.

It found a way to make one of the most aggravating aspects of modern American life, air travel, even more aggravating.

The effects are clearly aggravating the difficulties of the United States.

Governor Berkeley at this time was aggravating the home situation of the Virginia colonists.

The aggravating smile of condescending wisdom kept playing about his lips.

A woman will endure martyrdom with the expression of a seraph,—an extremely aggravating seraph.

A more aggravating annoyance, however, brings loss to the owners of the herds.

The aggravating thing is, that the expeditions may never reach their proper starting point.





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