1. The act of aggravating, or making worse; used of evils, natural or moral; the act of increasing in severity or heinousness; something additional to a crime or wrong and enhancing its guilt or injurious consequences.
    Synonyms: exacerbation
    • 1826, Mary Shelley, The Last Man, part 1, chapter 10
      Adrian, whose health had always been weak, now suffered considerable aggravation of suffering from the effects of his wound.
  2. Exaggerated representation.
  3. An extrinsic circumstance or accident which increases the guilt of a crime or the misery of a calamity.
  4. (informal) Provocation, irritation, annoyance.
Related terms Translations
  • German: Erschwerung, Verärgerung, Zuspitzung, med. Verschlechterung, erschwerender Umstand
  • Portuguese: agravamento, agravação, agravo
  • Spanish: agravio

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