Definition of aggravation in English:



mass noun
  • 1The state of becoming worse or more serious; exacerbation.

    ‘the patient experienced an aggravation of symptoms’
    • ‘In addition, 4 individuals had histories consistent with environmental aggravation of preexisting respiratory disease.’
    • ‘The latest figures show a certain aggravation on the inflation front, according to the report.’
    • ‘I accept that he did suffer from some aggravation of his existing mental health problems.’
    • ‘These verses, which sounded as if they had been sung expressly for the dirge of my departed happiness, were only an aggravation of my feelings.’
    • ‘I gave the salve to one person with colitis and told him that it may cause a temporary aggravation.’
    • ‘In this article I shall try to present you my opinion about the recent aggravation of earthquakes across the globe.’
    • ‘As a result, consumer prices grow, accompanied by a drastic aggravation of service quality.’
    • ‘Hopefully that will lessen the aggravation to the knee.’
    • ‘The trial was postponed to today for argument in mitigation and aggravation of sentence.’
    • ‘Liver function tests exhibited a moderate aggravation just before death.’
    • ‘The present-day military-political situation is marked by an extremely complex and conflicting character with outbreaks of new and aggravation of old seats of tension in some regions.’
    • ‘The acupuncture was still giving a good improvement for his neck but the herbs caused an aggravation.’
    • ‘The aggravation of the problem is directly related to the violence unleashed on the natural enemies of pests.’
    • ‘The outcome will be economic aggravation, dashing the desperate hope for an economic recovery.’
    • ‘These types of communities could avoid the detrimental impacts of urban sprawl, including aggravation of the region's air quality problems.’
    • ‘They also observed an occasional initial aggravation in symptoms with homoeopathy.’
    • ‘However, he came through the game without any major aggravation of the injury and the clash will stand to him for the semi-final.’
    • ‘He pitched in an extended spring training game last week with no further aggravation.’
    • ‘The Spaniards themselves, however, looked upon the sending of the Maine as a further aggravation of the long series of their just grievances against the United States.’
    • ‘In general, most aggravations were short lived, averaging four days, and all had resolved by day 16.’
    worsening, exacerbation, compounding
    worsen, make worse, exacerbate, inflame, compound
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  • 2informal Annoyance or exasperation.

    ‘the whole business has caused me a lot of aggravation’
    ‘I don't need this aggravation’
    • ‘You'll save a lot of time and aggravation if you have detailed building plans.’
    • ‘Perhaps I need to find a private moment of zen each day, a way to let the aggravation fly away from here.’
    • ‘Otherwise the aggravation is just not worth it to me.’
    • ‘But the victims moved into hastily built shelters nearby and caused him aggravation for at least four years.’
    • ‘But the demands have increased hugely and in general there's a lot more aggravation and a lot less fun than there used to be.’
    • ‘It's not like there's even a paycheck or bonus or anything in the end to make it worth my aggravation.’
    • ‘Just think of how much pain and aggravation a simple cold sore causes you.’
    • ‘I make a very nice living doing what I love to do, and I don't need the aggravation of his brand of cracked pot.’
    • ‘I honestly felt a little stupidity now may save a whole lot of aggravation later.’
    • ‘And the fire alarm before the last round of the day was also amusing, but just added to much of our aggravation.’
    • ‘Over the next four years, excitement would give way to aggravation.’
    • ‘But on top of the injury comes the aggravation and distress of legal battles over and above the medical battles.’
    • ‘I need the cash, but I don't need the aggravation.’
    • ‘For their sakes I shall have to suffer the aggravations of travelling alone.’
    • ‘The sooner we end it, the less aggravation there will be.’
    • ‘Long lines, overcrowded, delayed and canceled flights all add to the aggravation.’
    • ‘The boilerplate license agreements have been an additional source of aggravation.’
    • ‘Other than low pay, expensive parking is a common juror aggravation, he said.’
    • ‘The question arises, therefore, of whether the cause of this needless aggravation is itself needless.’
    • ‘My second aggravation was an email virus hoax, kindly sent to me by a friend, in all good faith.’
    nuisance, annoyance, irritant, irritation, hassle, pest, grievance, problem, trouble, difficulty, snag, inconvenience, bother, trial, thorn in one's flesh, thorn in one's side, bane of one's life
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    1. 2.1 Aggressive behaviour; harassment.
      • ‘Thus while the words had a race element within them, this did not fall strictly within the statutory definition of racial aggravation.’
      • ‘When I first started clubbing I used to dread the brawls and aggravation.’
      • ‘"I did not advocate segregation, and I did not advocate aggravation," he writes.’
      • ‘In my judgment, grave though the libel is, and grave though the aggravation has been, the answer to that question is decisively no.’
      • ‘Approximately how many were carjackings, or incidents that involved threats, aggravation or violence?’
      • ‘I didn't have the nerve to confront them, fearing further aggravation.’
      • ‘They also said if management give any aggravation about this they would give them seven days notice that they would join the strike.’
      • ‘Last Friday, he pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery with aggravation.’
      • ‘Section 61J of the Crimes Act, which is the offence with which they were all charged, has a number of circumstances of aggravation.’
      • ‘That being so, it is plain that the offence of which the applicant was convicted was not a matter of aggravation.’
      • ‘In fact, it's an intermediary between two sectors notorious for aggravation: Spanish builders and British estate agents.’
      • ‘The other circumstance of aggravation is that in the course of that particular incident he detained the woman.’
      • ‘Let's get together and have a competition with all the best pilots without the aggravation found at the Worlds.’
      • ‘Later, when his tension level is not at its peak, he can deal with his aggravation realistically.’
      • ‘They left and didn't cause any aggravation, he added.’