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From Middle French aggravation.


  • IPA(key): /ˌæɡɹəˈveɪʃən/
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  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən


aggravation (countable and uncountable, plural aggravations)

  1. 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.
    Synonym: exacerbation
  2. Exaggerated representation.
  3. An extrinsic circumstance or accident which increases the guilt of a crime or the misery of a calamity.
  4. (informal) Provocation, irritation, annoyance.
    • 1968, Mac Davis, Billy Strange (lyrics and music), “A Little Less Conversation”, performed by Elvis Presley:
      A little less conversation, a little more action please / All this aggravation ain't satisfactioning me

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for aggravation”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.)




aggravation f (plural aggravations)

  1. aggravation

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