Definition of aggravated in US English:



  • 1attributive (of an offense) made more serious by attendant circumstances (such as frame of mind)

    ‘aggravated burglary’
    • ‘The suspects were arrested and charged with aggravated robbery, felonious assault and theft.’
    • ‘He had a record of aggravated rape, burglary, kidnapping.’
    • ‘That is, a jury could return a verdict of simple possession though the charge is for an aggravated crime?’
    • ‘He was jailed for three years in December 2002 for aggravated burglary and other offences.’
    • ‘Kim was convicted of an aggravated felony, served his sentence, and upon his release, was taken into custody by the federal government pending deportation.’
    • ‘It was just robbery with violence, aggravated murder on a grand scale, and men going at it blind - as is very proper for those who tackle a darkness.’
    • ‘What's more, the alleged shooter reportedly is the wife of one of the inmates, who was serving 35 years for aggravated robbery and assault.’
    • ‘He was in jail on aggravated assault and aggravated robbery charges.’
    • ‘A 1996 immigration reform law allows the government to deport illegal aliens convicted of an aggravated felony.’
    • ‘In other words, smoking dope is equivalent to a parking violation but the penalty for peddling it is equal to that for manslaughter or aggravated rape.’
    • ‘However, prosecutors were more likely to accept a plea bargaining offer from white defendants accused of racially aggravated offences.’
    • ‘In Italy he was convicted in his absence of aggravated fraud and sentenced to imprisonment and to a fine.’
    • ‘How does the 17-year minimum starting point for aggravated murder under the Sentencing Act compare with the legislation it replaced?’
    • ‘The total number of aggravated burglaries or robberies recorded in Limerick that year was 118, a decrease of 23 per cent from the previous year.’
    • ‘Williams was ultimately acquitted of aggravated manslaughter charges, but convicted of attempting to cover up the fatal shooting of a limousine driver.’
    • ‘This makes cannabis dealing as serious as aggravated rape or armed robbery, at the same time that personal use is put on a par with anti-depressants and steroids.’
    • ‘A 33-year-old man was arrested and charged with aggravated robbery.’
    • ‘He pleaded guilty to three robberies, kidnap and one offence of aggravated burglary.’
    • ‘But for aggravated murder in this circumstance, we believe that it will be founded upon two deaths, the fetus and the mother.’
    • ‘White was arrested the next day in Bingley but denied any involvement although he was found guilty of charges of aggravated burglary and assault occasioning actual bodily harm at trial.’
    1. 1.1 (of a penalty) made more severe in recognition of the seriousness of an offense.
      ‘aggravated damages’
      • ‘Exemplary and aggravated damages in defamation cases are examples of what you say.’
      • ‘Exemplary damages are distinguishable from basic and aggravated damages in that their only function is to punish the tortfeasor.’
      • ‘Was the figure, in your view, a high figure, and what's your view about the awarding of the aggravated and exemplary damages?’
      • ‘For example it may be easier to obtain aggravated damages in a case of unlawful means conspiracy than it would be in an action against each defendant separately.’
      • ‘The plaintiff claims damages including damages for loss of remuneration, damages for mental distress and exemplary, aggravated and punitive damages.’
      • ‘Were they found liable for exemplary or aggravated damages?’
      • ‘Counsel for the plaintiff conceded that a special award claim under the insurance legislation is different from a claim for punitive and aggravated damages.’
      • ‘They obviously do not include injury to feelings or psychiatric damage, let alone aggravated damages.’
      • ‘Why is it not defamatory and why could not the appellant have recovered, in New South Wales, aggravated damages by reason of the psychiatric harm that she said she suffered?’
      • ‘Damages awarded for this type of loss are sometimes called aggravated damages, as the defendant's conduct aggravates the injury done.’
      • ‘The jury assessed the plaintiff's total damages, including aggravated and punitive damages at $615,000.’
      • ‘The jury made plain that their award was for aggravated compensatory damages.’
      • ‘I would award aggravated damages against each of the defendants in the sum of $50, 000.00.’
      • ‘His claim for aggravated exemplary damages failed.’
      • ‘Beefeater also submits that no damages should be paid to the plaintiff for mental distress, or for punitive or aggravated damages.’
      • ‘It appears that your clients conduct falls within the necessary definition both for aggravated and exemplary damages, and we take a serious view of it.’
      • ‘The Plaintiff seeks aggravated damages for the anger, frustration, disappointment and hurt he felt as a result of being prevented from going across the logging road to his lot.’
      • ‘Malger seeks an award of damages for its lease fleet, annual income stream and punitive and aggravated damages.’
      • ‘The principal difference between the two awards (other than in respect of general, exemplary and aggravated damages) lay in the cost of reinstatement of the trees.’
      • ‘The plaintiffs also claim punitive exemplary and aggravated damages.’