Crossword clues for aggravate
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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Aggravate \Ag"gra*vate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Aggravated; p. pr. & vb. n. Aggravating.] [L. aggravatus, p. p. of aggravare. See Aggrieve.]
To make heavy or heavier; to add to; to increase. [Obs.] ``To aggravate thy store.''
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.
To give coloring to in description; to exaggerate; as, to aggravate circumstances.
To exasperate; to provoke; to irritate. [Colloq.]
If both were to aggravate her parents, as my brother and sister do mine.
Syn: To heighten; intensify; increase; magnify; exaggerate; provoke; irritate; exasperate.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
1520s, "make heavy, burden down," from past participle adjective aggravate "burdened; threatened" (late 15c.), from Latin aggravatus, past participle of aggravare "to render more troublesome," literally "to make heavy" (see aggravation). Earlier in this sense was aggrege (late 14c.). Meaning "to make a bad thing worse" is from 1590s; that of "exasperate, annoy" is from 1610s.\n\nTo aggravate has properly only one meaning -- to make (an evil) worse or more serious.
[Fowler]\nRelated: Aggravated; aggravating. Phrase aggravating circumstances is recorded from 1790.
vb. 1 To make worse, or more severe; to render less tolerable or less excusable; to make more offensive; to enhance; to intensify. 2 To give coloring to in description; to exaggerate; as, to '''aggravate''' circumstances. — http://en.wikipedi
org/wiki/William%20Paley. 3 To exasperate; to provoke, to irritate.
Usage examples of "aggravate".
And if it be true that he was a person of rank and education, those circumstances could serve only to aggravate his guilt.
The influence of falsehood and corruption might procure the condemnation of the innocent, or aggravate the sentence of the guilty.
The zealous Hilary, who, from the peculiar hardships of his situation, was inclined to extenuate rather than to aggravate the errors of the Oriental clergy, declares, that in the wide extent of the ten provinces of Asia, to which he had been banished, there could be found very few prelates who had preserved the knowledge of the true God.
Clovis must curb a licentious spirit, which would aggravate the misery of the vanquished, whilst it corrupted the union and discipline of the conquerors.
Sylla was content to aggravate the pecuniary damages by the penalty of exile, or, in more constitutional language, by the interdiction of fire and water.
Such costly justice might tend to abate the spirit of litigation, but the unequal pressure serves only to increase the influence of the rich, and to aggravate the misery of the poor.
As often as he is pressed by the demands of the Koreish, he involves himself in the obscure boast of vision and prophecy, appeals to the internal proofs of his doctrine, and shields himself behind the providence of God, who refuses those signs and wonders that would depreciate the merit of faith, and aggravate the guilt of infidelity.
But these advantages only tend to aggravate the reproach and shame of a degenerate people.
The Latins aggravate the ingratitude of Alexius, by supposing that he had been released by his brother Isaac from Turkish captivity.
Rome, the remembrance of her consuls and triumphs, may seem to imbitter the sense, and aggravate the shame, of her slavery.
The scene was immediately acted with great success, and our hero cooped up in his cage, where he waited so long, that his desires began to subside, and his imagination to aggravate the danger of his situation.
Fathom, believing that now was the season for working upon her passions, while they were all in commotion, became, if possible, more assiduous than ever about the fair mourner, modelled his features into a melancholy cast, pretended to share her distress with the most emphatic sympathy, and endeavoured to keep her resentment glowing by cunning insinuations, which, though apparently designed to apologise for his friend, served only to aggravate the guilt of his perfidy and dishonour.
Piles are not only in and of themselves very painful and annoying, but often greatly aggravate and even cause other grave and painful affections, and should, therefore, not be neglected.
Caustics often aggravate the irritability and interfere with the healing processes of nature.
Having specialists who devote their entire time and attention to the study of these diseases, we are able to relieve and cure a large number painlessly and speedily, in which the awkward manipulations of physicians or surgeons, whose hands, untrained by constant and skillful use, not only fail to effect any benefit, but set up new, or aggravate existing, disease.