aggravating


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ag·gra·vate

 (ăg′rə-vāt′)
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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.aggravating - making worseaggravating - making worse        
intensifying - increasing in strength or intensity

aggravating

adjective
1. (Informal) annoying, provoking, irritating, teasing, galling, exasperating, vexing, irksome You don't realise how aggravating you can be.
2. worsening, exaggerating, intensifying, heightening, exacerbating, magnifying, inflaming Stress is a frequent aggravating factor.
Translations

aggravating

[ˈægrəveɪtɪŋ] ADJ
1. (Jur) → agravante
2. (= annoying) → molesto
he's an aggravating childes un niño molesto
it's very aggravatinges para volverse loco

aggravating

[ˈægrəveɪtɪŋ] adj (= annoying) [person] → exaspérant(e)

aggravating

adjärgerlich, enervierend (geh); childlästig, enervierend (geh); how aggravating for youwie ärgerlich für Sie!

aggravating

[ˈægrəveɪtɪŋ] adjesasperante, irritante
References in classic literature ?
There is nothing more aggravating than a man who won't talk back--unless it is a woman who won't.
Marilla looked back once as the buggy bounced along and saw that aggravating Matthew leaning over the gate, looking wistfully after them.
'Will you never leave off aggravating a man?' said Codlin.
Poverty and distress seemed to him to give none a right of aggravating those misfortunes.
Three minutes later Levin ran full speed into the corridor, not looking at his watch for fear of aggravating his sufferings.
It was one of the brimstone-and-treacle mornings, and Mrs Squeers had entered school according to custom with the large bowl and spoon, followed by Miss Squeers and the amiable Wackford: who, during his father's absence, had taken upon him such minor branches of the executive as kicking the pupils with his nailed boots, pulling the hair of some of the smaller boys, pinching the others in aggravating places, and rendering himself, in various similar ways, a great comfort and happiness to his mother.
I had not thus looked, and wished, and wondered long, before I vaulted over the barrier, unable to resist the temptation of taking one glance through the window, just to if she were more composed than when we parted; - and if I found her still in deep distress, perhaps I might venture attempt a word of comfort - to utter one of the many things I should have said before, instead of aggravating her sufferings by my stupid impetuosity.
Well, it took my mind off from every- thing else; took it clear off, and centered it in my helmet; and mile after mile, there it stayed, imagining the handkerchief, picturing the handkerchief; and it was bitter and aggravating to have the salt sweat keep trickling down into my eyes, and I couldn't get at it.
A trial court can't use aggravating sentencing factors in a DWI case if prosecutors fail to inform the defendant of their intentions to use them as required by state law, even if the factors were introduced in an earlier proceeding, the North Carolina Court of Appeals has ruled in a case of first impression.
During the trial, Ny Vuthy pleaded with the court to reverse the charge from attempted murder to stealing with aggravating circumstances.
Dreams are great, but people teasing you about your dreams can get aggravating! And Roy, you aggravated me!
At the conclusion of this penalty phase trial, the jury will determine whether one or more aggravating factors exist: whether any aggravating factors found to exist are sufficient to warrant a sentence of death: whether any mitigating circumstances exist: whether the aggravating factors outweigh the mitigating circumstances: and whether the defendant should be sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, or death.