aggravation

Definitions

  • Metius aggravating Titus Manlius
    Metius aggravating Titus Manlius
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n aggravation action that makes a problem or a disease (or its symptoms) worse "the aggravation of her condition resulted from lack of care"
    • n aggravation unfriendly behavior that causes anger or resentment
    • n aggravation an exasperated feeling of annoyance
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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.
    • Aggravation An extrinsic circumstance or accident which increases the guilt of a crime or the misery of a calamity.
    • Aggravation Exaggerated representation. "By a little aggravation of the features changed it into the Saracen's head."
    • Aggravation Provocation; irritation.
    • Aggravation The act of aggravating, or making worse; -- used of evils, natural or moral; the act of increasing in severity or heinousness; something additional to a crime or wrong and enhancing its guilt or injurious consequences.
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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.
    • n aggravation Increase of the weight, intensity, heinousness, or severity of anything; the act of making worse; addition, or that which is added, to anything evil or improper: as, an aggravation of pain, grief, crime, etc.
    • n aggravation Exaggeration, as in a pictorial representation or in a statement of facts; heightened description.
    • n aggravation Provocation; irritation.
    • n aggravation In Rom. canon law, a censure, threatening excommunication after disregard of three admonitions.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Aggravation a making worse: any quality or circumstance which makes a thing worse: an exaggeration
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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
LL. aggravatio,: cf. F. aggravation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. aggravāread, to, gravis, heavy. See Grave.

Usage

In literature:

The presence of a spectre in the horizon is an aggravation of solitude.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
Antonyms: intensify, aggravate, heighten, rouse.
"Putnam's Word Book" by Louis A. Flemming
I no sooner saw my face in it but was startled at the shortness of it, which now appeared to me in its utmost aggravation.
"The Young Gentleman and Lady's Monitor, and English Teacher's Assistant" by John Hamilton Moore
Then he saw the coyote on a hill a little ways ahead, looking at him in the most aggravating way.
"Ted Strong's Motor Car" by Edward C. Taylor
Aggravated by want of free circulation of air.
"Gold, Sport, And Coffee Planting In Mysore" by Robert H. Elliot
But special pleading so palpable only aggravated the prevailing resentment to the dish.
"The Siege of Kimberley" by T. Phelan
You are aggravating your sufferings.
"Abbe Mouret's Transgression La Faute De L'abbe Mouret" by Emile Zola
The condolences of my comrades aggravated my bad humor.
"Atlantida" by Pierre Benoit
What a fool to think she could aggravate passion by delay.
"Là-bas" by J. K. Huysmans
The fact that society is guilty aggravates the guilt of each member of it.
"Tragic Sense Of Life" by Miguel de Unamuno
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In poetry:

O pleasures past, what are ye now
But thorns about my bleeding brow!
Spectres that hover round my brain,
And aggravate and mock my pain.
"A Hymn" by Henry Kirke White
O! this will aggravate their case!
They perished under means of grace;
To them the word of life and faith,
Became an instrument of death.
"The Wheat And Tares" by John Newton
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
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:

AGGRAVATED ROBBERY, CEDAR ROAD: A Cleveland man, 42, was arrested in the early morning hours of Oct 18 following an armed robbery at Pizza Bogo.
Boulin pleaded guilty to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft in April and was sentenced in July to nearly six years in prison.
A New York school bus driver was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated and other charges after police say he was drunk Thursday when he plowed his bus into a home, MyFoxNY.com reported.
Harris is charged is aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
Investigators charged Delrico Dansberry, of Memphis, with aggravated robbery.
Jah Reid returned to practice after being sidelined since August when he re-aggravated a strained right calf.
Autumn Dunn, 29, was arrested on May 20 on charges of aggravated battery and two counts of neglect of a dependent.
Amber Nicole Garner, of Clearfield, has been charged in 2nd District Court with aggravated assault, a second-degree felony.
A tax preparer from Silver City has been sentenced to four years in prison for filing false claims and aggravated identity theft.
Joseph Pullen , 60, of Pemberton Township was charged with aggravated sexual assault and other charges in the alleged molestation of a juvenile on two occasions, including a July 8 church services, authorities said.
Quillon Religious bigots aggravate grueling campaign season.
District Attorney Jackie Johnson announces that on October 11, an Appling County Jury found 32 year old James Dejuan Reddish of Baxley guilty of Aggravated Assault.
After almost eight years in business, Michel Arnette's Brookhaven restaurant Haven is at the top of its game—a smooth hangout for an affluent clientele who enjoy a Buckhead-level experience without the party-mentality aggravation.
100,000 bond for aggravated kidnapping suspect.
Suspect named in aggravated assault of Albany officer.
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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
Besides, Olum’s arguments implying that inflation must necessarily aggravate the (very serious) ‘missing-alien’ problem do not seem very convincing and it is some brane world scenarios , in our opinion, what could in fact aggravate dramatically this problem.
Brane Worlds, the Subanthropic Principle and the Undetectability Conjecture
We have also argued that the idea of brane worlds, although still in very premature stage, could in fact aggravate enormously the ‘missing-alien’ problem, pointed out first by Enrico Fermi as was mentioned before.
Brane Worlds, the Subanthropic Principle and the Undetectability Conjecture
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