Aggravate

Definition of Aggravate

Ag´gra`vate
v. t.1.To make heavy or heavier; to add to; to increase.
[imp. & p. p. Aggravated ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Aggravating.]
2.To make worse, or more severe; to render less tolerable or less excusable; to make more offensive; to enhance; to intensify.
To aggravate the horrors of the scene.
- Prescott.
The defense made by the prisoner's counsel did rather aggravate than extenuate his crime.
- Addison.
3.To give coloring to in description; to exaggerate; as, to aggravate circumstances.
4.To exasperate; to provoke; to irritate.
If both were to aggravate her parents, as my brother and sister do mine.
- Richardson (Clarissa).

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