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Related to aggravated: aggravated assault, Aggravated robbery


tr.v. ag·gra·vat·ed, ag·gra·vat·ing, ag·gra·vates
1. To make worse or more troublesome: aggravate political tensions; aggravate a medical condition.
2. To annoy or exasperate: The child's whining aggravated me. See Synonyms at annoy.

[Latin aggravāre, aggravāt- : ad-, ad- + gravāre, to burden (from gravis, heavy; see gwerə- in Indo-European roots).]

ag′gra·vat′ing·ly adv.
ag′gra·va′tive adj.
ag′gra·va′tor n.
Usage Note: Aggravate comes from the Latin verb aggravāre, which meant "to make heavier," that is, "to add to the weight of." It also had the extended senses "to burden" or "to oppress." On the basis of this etymology, it is claimed by some that aggravate should not be used to mean "to irritate, annoy, rouse to anger." But such senses for the word date back to the 17th century and are pervasive. In our 2005 survey, 83 percent of the Usage Panel accepted this usage in the sentence: It's the endless wait for luggage that aggravates me the most about air travel. This was a significant increase from the 68 percent who accepted the same sentence in 1988.


(Law) law (of a criminal offence) made more serious by its circumstances


(ˈæg rəˌveɪ tɪd)

Law. characterized by some feature that makes the crime more serious: aggravated assault.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.aggravated - made more severe or intense especially in law; "aggravated assault"
intense - possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to a heightened degree; "intense heat"; "intense anxiety"; "intense desire"; "intense emotion"; "the skunk's intense acrid odor"; "intense pain"; "enemy fire was intense"
2.aggravated - incited, especially deliberately, to angeraggravated - incited, especially deliberately, to anger; "aggravated by passive resistance"; "the provoked animal attacked the child"
angry - feeling or showing anger; "angry at the weather"; "angry customers"; "an angry silence"; "sending angry letters to the papers"


[ˈægrəveɪtɪd] adj
(LAW) aggravated assault → coups mpl et blessures fpl
aggravated burglary → cambriolage m avec voies de fait
aggravated robbery → vol m avec voies de fait
aggravated murder → meurtre m avec préméditation
(= annoyed) [person] → exaspéré(e)
References in classic literature ?
The maidens, aggravated by such excessive labor, resolved to kill the cock who roused their mistress so early.
Then she would be so aggravated with that subject that she wouldn't say another word about it, nor let anybody else.
Everything he did was rough, and I began to hate him; he wanted to make me afraid of him, but I was too high-mettled for that, and one day when he had aggravated me more than usual I bit him, which of course put him in a great rage, and he began to hit me about the head with a riding whip.
The most complete cases of aggravated idiocy were, to his mind, rampant upon the front platforms of all the street cars.
I think the Romans must have aggravated one another very much, with their noses.
Now, Kevin Bennett, 28, of Losh Terrace, Walker, has been charged with attempted wounding with intent, affray, possession of an offensive weapon, aggravated vehicle-taking and failing to provide a specimen.
Defendant Robert Lewis appeared in the dock at Mold Crown Court yesterday and pleaded not guilty to a charge of aggravated burglary at Glyndyfrdwy in April of last year.
The new legislation will amend the Crimes Act 1958 to create new offences of carjacking, aggravated carjacking, home invasion and aggravated home invasion.
A PSNI spokeswoman said: "Detectives have charged a 66-yearold man with burglary, aggravated vehicle taking causing damage to another vehicle, aggravated vehicle taking causing damage to property and various other offences.
Dillon, of Saltersgill Avenue, Middlesbrough, had already pleaded guilty to racially aggravated ABH and racially aggravated criminal damage ahead of the trial.
Laird received a 60-day suspended jail term for the racially aggravated assault, a PS500 fine for the racially aggravated threatening behaviour and was ordered to pay PS1,000 compensation to the victim for her trauma.
A spokesman for RSPCA Cymru said: "While a rise in the number of dogs seized for aggravated offences is a cause for concern this can also suggest improved enforcement, awareness and reporting.