[ ag-ruh-vey-shuhn ]
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  1. an increase in intensity, seriousness, or severity; act of making worse: an aggravation of pain.

  2. the state of being aggravated.

  1. something that causes an increase in intensity, degree, or severity.

  2. annoyance; exasperation: Johnny causes me so much aggravation!

  3. a source or cause of annoyance or exasperation: Johnny's such an aggravation to her!

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, noun
  • pre·ag·gra·va·tion, noun
  • su·per·ag·gra·va·tion, noun

Words that may be confused with aggravation

Words Nearby aggravation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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