- 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
Related Wordsirritation, pain, distress, hang-up, bother, teasing, exasperation, botheration, difficulty, affliction, headache, vexation, worry, provocation, aggro, exaggeration, exacerbation, increase, magnification, inflammation
Examples from the Web for aggravation
I could save myself a lot of time and aggravation if I just limited my listening to megastars and their hyped hits.The Best Albums of 2014
December 13, 2014
Some later claimed that a cop shook a can of mace, an uncalled for act of aggravation, one man said.Ferguson Protesters Harass Black Police, Call for Darren Wilson’s Death
November 21, 2014
We have worked too hard to give it up now or debt and aggravation.Why I Choose to Be Child-Free: Readers Share Their Stories
February 27, 2013
Whatever tends to extenuate the guilt of other sins, is an aggravation of this.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
It isn't the girl, you know, it's—it's the aggravation of it.
The day brought no aggravation of the symptoms; again the night was quiet.The Book-Hunter
John Hill Burton
Just worn out with the work, and the worry and the aggravation, that's all.Gigolo
He meant that the Baron was free from an aggravation; he said that he lacked a consolation.The King's Mirror
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.