A recent article in a medical journal called it ‘aggravated assault.’
The two responding officers, Cuong Sam and Bryon Hargis, could have charged Rice with aggravated assault, a felony.
The charge against Palmer was dropped, and Rice was indicted on a higher charge of aggravated assault.
1540s, "increased, magnified," past participle adjective from aggravate. Meaning "irritated" is from 1610s; that of "made worse" is from 1630s. The earlier adjective was simply aggravate (late 15c.).