verb (used with object), ag·gra·vat·ed, ag·gra·vat·ing.
- aggravated trespass,
Origin of aggravate
Examples from the Web for aggravator
So it would appear that even champagne is a mitigant, rather than an aggravator, of at least the public horrors of drunkenness.
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.