aggravation

[ag-ruh-vey-shuhn]
noun
1.
an increase in intensity, seriousness, or severity; act of making worse: an aggravation of pain.
2.
the state of being aggravated.
3.
something that causes an increase in intensity, degree, or severity.
4.
annoyance; exasperation: Johnny causes me so much aggravation!
5.
a source or cause of annoyance or exasperation: Johnny's such an aggravation to her!

Origin:
1475–85; < Medieval Latin aggravātiōn- (stem of aggravātiō); see aggravate, -ion

overaggravation, noun
preaggravation, noun
superaggravation, noun

aggravation, annoyance, intensification, irritation, worsening.


See aggravate.
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aggravate (ˈæɡrəˌveɪt)
 
vb
1.  to make (a disease, situation, problem, etc) worse or more severe
2.  informal to annoy; exasperate, esp by deliberate and persistent goading
 
[C16: from Latin aggravāre to make heavier, from gravis heavy]
 
'aggravating
 
adj
 
aggra'vation
 
n

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aggravation
late 15c., from O.Fr. aggravation, from L.L. aggravationem (nom. aggravatio), noun of action from L. aggravatus, pp. of aggravare "make heavier," from ad "to" + gravare "weigh down," from gravis "heavy" (see grave (adj.)). Oldest sense is "increasing in gravity or seriousness;"
that of "irritation" is from 1610s.
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Example sentences
Voters could not see enough change to justify the aggravation.
That's certainly a novel way of thinking about a daily aggravation.
Feel free to put your own dollar value on the aggravation.
There is a wide spectrum of pain and aggravation between the two extremes.
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