aggravate

Definitions

  • Metius aggravating Titus Manlius
    Metius aggravating Titus Manlius
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v aggravate make worse "This drug aggravates the pain"
    • v aggravate exasperate or irritate
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It's a common myth that chocolate aggravates acne. Experiments conducted at the University of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Naval Academy found that consumption of chocolate -even frequent daily dietary intake -had no effect on the incidence of acne. Professional dermatologists today do not link acne with diet.
    • Aggravate To exasperate; to provoke; to irritate. "If both were to aggravate her parents, as my brother and sister do mine."
    • Aggravate To give coloring to in description; to exaggerate; as, to aggravate circumstances.
    • Aggravate To make heavy or heavier; to add to; to increase. "To aggravate thy store."
    • Aggravate To make worse, or more severe; to render less tolerable or less excusable; to make more offensive; to enhance; to intensify. "To aggravate my woes.""To aggravate the horrors of the scene.""The defense made by the prisoner's counsel did rather aggravate than extenuate his crime."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A reward of $1,000 was offered for information leading to the capture and conviction of a man robbing taxi drivers. The man turned himself in and demanded the reward as a result. He received a 20 year sentence for aggravated robbery instead.
    • aggravate Literally, to add weight to or upon; increase the amount, quantity, or force of; make heavier by added quantity or burden.
    • aggravate To make more grave or heavy; increase the weight or pressure of; intensify, as anything evil, disorderly, or troublesome: as, to aggravate guilt or crime, the evils or annoyances of life, etc.
    • aggravate To exaggerate; give coloring to in description; give an exaggerated representation of: as, to aggravate circumstances.
    • aggravate To provoke; irritate; tease.
    • aggravate Synonyms To heighten, raise, increase, magnify; overstate. See list under exaggerate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Aggravate ag′grav-āt to make worse: to provoke
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Quotations

  • Christian Nevell Bovee
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    “Courage enlarges, cowardice diminishes resources. In desperate straits the fears of the timid aggravate the dangers that imperil the brave.”
  • Plato
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    “Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty.”
  • Walker Percy
    Walker Percy
    “Since grief only aggravates your loss, grieve not for what is past.”
  • Robert Byrne
    Robert Byrne
    “Learning to dislike children at an early age saves a lot of expense and aggravation later in life.”
  • Joseph Addison
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    “The unjustifiable severity of a parent is loaded with this aggravation, that those whom he injures are always in his sight.”
  • Mark Twain
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    “Truth is neither alive nor dead; it just aggravates itself all the time.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. aggravatus, p. p. of aggravare,. See Aggrieve
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. aggravāread, to, gravis, heavy. See Grave.

Usage

In literature:

Certainly Hawkesbury, however good his intentions, was a little aggravating.
"My Friend Smith" by Talbot Baines Reed
Don't aggravate a fellow when he is sick and weak.
"!Tention" by George Manville Fenn
The principle of usury greatly aggravates this tendency.
"Usury" by Calvin Elliott
On the contrary, it aggravated the evil.
"The Life of St. Paul" by James Stalker
But he had scarcely landed at Marseilles when he was attacked by his old malady in an aggravated form.
"Which?" by Ernest Daudet
It was aggravating, nay, maddening, to know that their store of provisions was so close.
"Canoe Boys and Campfires" by William Murray Graydon
This is evident in the case of extremely aggravated throaty and forced voices.
"The Psychology of Singing" by David C. Taylor
Please tie my sash for me, Marjorie, while I labor some more with my aggravating hair.
"Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore" by Pauline Lester
To aggravate this disaster, a curious sight was seen a fortnight after the fall of the Penon.
"The Story of the Barbary Corsairs" by Stanley Lane-Poole
I might now add that this cautious, reflective manner characterized all his speech, and in time it grew extremely aggravating.
"The Paternoster Ruby" by Charles Edmonds Walk
Disorganization, aggravated by intestine faction, grew worse and worse.
"Impressions of South Africa" by James Bryce
The casualties had been costly and had been aggravated by the rapid attacks of the frost upon hands and feet.
"The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki" by Joel R. Moore
The general suffering was aggravated by a likelihood of famine.
"The Reign of Mary Tudor" by James Anthony Froude
Some tourists aggravate their position by hiring a guide.
"From a Terrace in Prague" by Lieut.-Col. B. Granville Baker
The darkness and chill were aggravated by a wearisome drizzle.
"The False Chevalier" by William Douw Lighthall
They mutually aggravated each other.
"Mary Wollstonecraft" by Elizabeth Robins Pennell
All crimes, of less magnitude than murder, or burglary under aggravated circumstances, were punished in a summary manner.
"The History of Tasmania , Volume II (of 2)" by John West
Fast or road work, of course, aggravates this trouble.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
An impudent woodpecker seated on a limb above her commenced an insistent, aggravating tapping.
"The Motor Maids at Sunrise Camp" by Katherine Stokes
It was naughty of Nan, but there was no denying that she found Mr. Mayne more aggravating than usual this evening.
"Not Like Other Girls" by Rosa N. Carey
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In poetry:

Then look lest your tenderness, generous heart,
So lavish of liberal streams,
By pity not only no comfort impart,
But even may aggravate misery's dart,
By showing how jagged it seems.
"The Truth About Pity" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Go, then, let all thy lease of life expire
In earth-born cares, and life's great end, forget;
Disclaim the skies; renounce thy heavenly fire;
Leave nought undone to aggravate thy fate.
"Time: An Elegy. Written Near The Ruins Of Elgin Cathedral" by Robert Alves
Two of the callow young she lays,
Beyond the peril of the blaze;
But while the last she rears,
The other little ones distrest
Crawl back within the burning nest,
And aggravate her fears.
"The Stork" by William Hayley
Nah, what are ta dooin wi' th' pussy cat, pray?
If tha'll leeav it alooan it'll mell nooan o' thee,
Put th' mustard spooin daan! Does ta hear what aw say!
Let goa that cat tail! Ha tha aggravates me!
"Come Thi Ways In" by John Hartley
Ruspican. Soon as I heard the name of Ruspican,
With rapid pinions spread, I sought the skies,
To bend before the great Tartarean chief,
And aggravate the woes
Of this new mortal blest with air and light.
"Adam: A Sacred Drama. Act 1. " by William Cowper
Some bashful hesitation, just like spellin' punctooation--might have
worked an aggravation on to Sutter's mournful mind,
For the witnesses all vary ez to wot was said and nary a galoot will
toot his horn except the way he is inclined.
"A Question Of Privilege" by Francis Bret Harte

In news:

Winona police said 36-year-old Winona man is facing felony aggravated robbery, assault with a dangerous weapon, and terroristic threats charges in connection with an alleged incident in downtown Winona Monday.
THIMEROSAL UPDATE The vaccine/autism community has made great hay out of a single case last year in which the government conceded that a child with a pre-existing mitochondrial disorder may have been "aggravated" by a series of shots.
Police charged Whitehead on a warrant for aggravated assault.
Nathan Hunker, 29, and his wife, Victoria, 20, were each charged with one count of aggravated robbery.
Brandon Scott Lavergne was booked Thursday with first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping.
According to a report from the Daytona Beach News-Journal, police said a 48-year-old Florida woman has been arrested and charged with aggravated child abuse for allegedly encouraging her son to beat up the son of a friend she was babysitting.
Deputies arrested Nellie Angelica Roman charging her with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.
Barry Seltzer faces a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
The Red Bulls haven't spoken to defender Wilman Conde, who was arrested early Saturday morning and charged with aggravated assault on a police officer.
Torture to cause great bodily harm and one count of aggravated battery with intent to cause great bodily harm.
A remedy for one problem may aggravate the other, which illustrates the need to communicate about tackling both problems.
NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans trombonist Glen David Andrews has pleaded guilty to domestic violence by strangulation and aggravated assault.
Police on Wednesday charged Chad Harris, of the 7700 block of Southeast Kingway Street, with felony aggravated battery.
Two college students are in jail on aggravated assault, burglary and weapons charges, an Albany Police Department official said.
A coalition of farmers, workers and consumer groups has issued a broad attack on chicken producers, saying that excessive speed on processing lines increases bacteria contamination and aggravates health hazards for workers and consumers.
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In science:

Consequently, this tends to aggravate the discrepancy in the estimated stellar densities.
HST study of the LMC compact star forming region N83B
The new value of mW (νN ) differs from mW measured by LEP II and Tevatron by 3.7 σ and leads to a pull of 2.8 instead of 1.2 (see Table 1) aggravating the discrepancy.
Extra generations and discrepancies of electroweak precision data
We also argue that it is brane worlds, and not inflation, what dramatically could aggravate the ‘missing-alien’ problem pointed out first in the fifties by Enrico Fermi.
Brane Worlds, the Subanthropic Principle and the Undetectability Conjecture
It is well known that liver diseases aggravate psoriasis and make its treatment more complicated.
Model of pathogenesis of psoriasis. Part 1. Systemic psoriatic process
What is more, these deviations are aggravated in the GPU implementation by it sampling from the same random-number sequence via skipping, but using random numbers in a different order.
Random number generators for massively parallel simulations on GPU
Most password amelioratives do solve some of the shortcomings of passwords but ignore or even aggravate others.
KeyAuth: Bringing Public-key Authentication to the Masses
Second, a Java implementation aggravates the performance penalty of using a scripting language.
LuaJava - A Scripting Tool for Java
However, the effects of Bloch-Siegert shifts, discussed in the previous section for single pulses, are aggravated during simultaneous pulses.
Experimental Quantum Computation with Nuclear Spins in Liquid Solution
This problem is aggravated for low surface brightness (LSB) disk galaxies, as is shown by the few points taken from models of such galaxies by De Blok & Bosma (2002).
Dark Matter in Galaxies: Observational overview
All this is aggravated by the fact that the clocks at the two antennas are independent and their relative offsets are not known a priori.
A Review of VLBI Instrumentation
The two problems cannot both be solved by postulating a different acceleration efficiency θ or supernova explosion energy ESN : increasing either of these factors helps with the “centre problem” but aggravates the “cloud problem” and vice versa.
Arguments against a dominantly hadronic origin of the VHE radiation from the supernova remnant RX J1713-3946
The situation is aggravated because this model predicts inclinations close to 90◦ only on a very small region right above the gap.
Models and Observations of Sunspot Penumbrae
They found that this network consists of modules of genes arranged in a hierarchy, where modules are clusters of genes which interact monochromatically (either all aggravating or all buffering).
The Emergence of Modularity in Biological Systems
High-dimensional phenotypes hold promise for richer findin gs in association studies, but testing of several phenotype traits aggravates the grand challenge of association studies, that of multiple testing.
Genome-wide association studies with high-dimensional phenotypes
Mistakes in these areas often manifest themselves as type errors, aggravated by type inference making interpretations that the student does not yet know enough to deliberately intend or avoid, and compiler errors designed to inform the expert.
Mathematics Is Imprecise
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