Definitions of aggravation

  1. Exaggerated representation. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. Provocation; irritation. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. A making worse: any quality or circumstance which makes a thing worse. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. Act of aggravating; state of being worse. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. A making heavier or worse; an enhancing circumstance. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. The act of aggravating; accession of what aggravates; exaggeration; provocation. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  8. A making worse; what excites anger. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for aggravation

  1. The affections she had already experienced could just admit of aggravation the addition occurred. – Nature and Art by Mrs. Inchbald
  2. To be bereft of their dearest is bad enough, but to be thrown penniless on the mercies of the cold and cruel- nay, rather thoughtless- world is surely an aggravation of their misery. – Molly Bawn by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton