verb (aggravat, ing)
- To make worse, or more severe; to render less tolerable or less excusable; to make more offensive; to enhance; to intensify. ``To aggravate my woes.'' —Pope.
Etymology: Latin aggravatus, p.p. of aggravare. See Aggrieve.
- To aggravate the horrors of the scene. —Prescott.
- The defense made by the prisoner's counsel did rather aggravate than extenuate his crime. —Addison.
- To give coloring to in description; to exaggerate; as, to aggravate circumstances. —Paley.
- (colloquial) To exasperate; to provoke; to irritate.
- If both were to aggravate her parents, as my brother and sister do mine. —Richardson (Clarissa).
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