This, in turn, serves to amplify and aggravate differences of interest and power among the competing national groups.
But the champagne seemed only to aggravate their gloom except in the case of young Jamieson.
Is it for you to aggravate as a crime, what reason teaches is, at worst, a misfortune?
This is, of course, not his fault, but it seems somehow to aggravate the distaste I have for him.
I felt that to obtrude my consolations on her then would only serve to aggravate her sufferings.
Their wooden grimaces must aggravate the precisely featured houses of the town.
And Kitty refused her breakfast in consequence—only to aggravate me.
To aggravate this disaster, a curious sight was seen a fortnight after the fall of the Peñon.
When he grew a little better, the Bohemian rather began to aggravate him.
A herd of others were suborned to aggravate the charges, and to controvert whatever evidence the prisoner might bring forward.
1520s, "make heavy, burden down," from past participle adjective aggravate "burdened; threatened" (late 15c.), from Latin aggravatus, past participle of aggravare "to render more troublesome," literally "to make heavy" (see aggravation). Earlier in this sense was aggrege (late 14c.). Meaning "to make a bad thing worse" is from 1590s; that of "exasperate, annoy" is from 1610s.
To aggravate has properly only one meaning -- to make (an evil) worse or more serious. [Fowler]Related: Aggravated; aggravating. Phrase aggravating circumstances is recorded from 1790.