Definition of aggravation in English:



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

    ‘the patient experienced an aggravation of symptoms’
    • ‘The latest figures show a certain aggravation on the inflation front, according to the report.’
    • ‘In this article I shall try to present you my opinion about the recent aggravation of earthquakes across the globe.’
    • ‘The aggravation of the problem is directly related to the violence unleashed on the natural enemies of pests.’
    • ‘I gave the salve to one person with colitis and told him that it may cause a temporary aggravation.’
    • ‘However, he came through the game without any major aggravation of the injury and the clash will stand to him for the semi-final.’
    • ‘Hopefully that will lessen the aggravation to the knee.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The outcome will be economic aggravation, dashing the desperate hope for an economic recovery.’
    • ‘The acupuncture was still giving a good improvement for his neck but the herbs caused an aggravation.’
    • ‘They also observed an occasional initial aggravation in symptoms with homoeopathy.’
    • ‘The trial was postponed to today for argument in mitigation and aggravation of sentence.’
    • ‘These types of communities could avoid the detrimental impacts of urban sprawl, including aggravation of the region's air quality problems.’
    • ‘In general, most aggravations were short lived, averaging four days, and all had resolved by day 16.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As a result, consumer prices grow, accompanied by a drastic aggravation of service quality.’
    • ‘In addition, 4 individuals had histories consistent with environmental aggravation of preexisting respiratory disease.’
    • ‘He pitched in an extended spring training game last week with no further aggravation.’
    • ‘Liver function tests exhibited a moderate aggravation just before death.’
    • ‘I accept that he did suffer from some aggravation of his existing mental health problems.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
    • ‘Other than low pay, expensive parking is a common juror aggravation, he said.’
    • ‘I need the cash, but I don't need the aggravation.’
    • ‘My second aggravation was an email virus hoax, kindly sent to me by a friend, in all good faith.’
    • ‘Long lines, overcrowded, delayed and canceled flights all add to the aggravation.’
    • ‘Otherwise the aggravation is just not worth it to me.’
    • ‘The question arises, therefore, of whether the cause of this needless aggravation is itself needless.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's not like there's even a paycheck or bonus or anything in the end to make it worth my aggravation.’
    • ‘You'll save a lot of time and aggravation if you have detailed building plans.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But on top of the injury comes the aggravation and distress of legal battles over and above the medical battles.’
    • ‘The boilerplate license agreements have been an additional source of aggravation.’
    • ‘I honestly felt a little stupidity now may save a whole lot of aggravation later.’
    • ‘Perhaps I need to find a private moment of zen each day, a way to let the aggravation fly away from here.’
    • ‘But the victims moved into hastily built shelters nearby and caused him aggravation for at least four years.’
    • ‘The sooner we end it, the less aggravation there will be.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For their sakes I shall have to suffer the aggravations of travelling alone.’
    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.
      • ‘They left and didn't cause any aggravation, he added.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘In fact, it's an intermediary between two sectors notorious for aggravation: Spanish builders and British estate agents.’
      • ‘Let's get together and have a competition with all the best pilots without the aggravation found at the Worlds.’
      • ‘The other circumstance of aggravation is that in the course of that particular incident he detained the woman.’
      • ‘"I did not advocate segregation, and I did not advocate aggravation," he writes.’
      • ‘When I first started clubbing I used to dread the brawls and aggravation.’
      • ‘Thus while the words had a race element within them, this did not fall strictly within the statutory definition of racial aggravation.’
      • ‘That being so, it is plain that the offence of which the applicant was convicted was not a matter of aggravation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Later, when his tension level is not at its peak, he can deal with his aggravation realistically.’
      • ‘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.’