aggravation

[ ag-ruh-vey-shuhn ]
/ ˌæg rəˈveɪ ʃən /

noun

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!

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Origin of aggravation

1475–85; <Medieval Latin aggravātiōn- (stem of aggravātiō); see aggravate, -ion

usage note for aggravation

See aggravate.

OTHER WORDS FROM aggravation

o·ver·ag·gra·va·tion, nounpre·ag·gra·va·tion, nounsu·per·ag·gra·va·tion, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH aggravation

aggravation , annoyance, intensification, irritation, worsening
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