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Princeton's WordNet

  1. aggravating, exacerbating, exasperatingadjective

    making worse


  1. aggravating

    Aggravation, in law, is "any circumstance attending the commission of a crime or tort which increases its guilt or enormity or adds to its injurious consequences, but which is above and beyond the essential constituents of the crime or tort itself."Aggravated assault, for example, is usually differentiated from simple assault by the offender's intent (e.g., to murder or to rape), the extent of injury to the victim, or the use of a deadly weapon. An aggravating circumstance is a kind of attendant circumstance and the opposite of an extenuating or mitigating circumstance, which decreases guilt. In the UK, the Criminal Justice Act 2003 requires a court to consider (a) relevant previous convictions, (b) racial or religious aggravation, and (c) hostility towards the victim or to persons generally based on sexual orientation (or presumed sexual orientation) or disability (or presumed disability) when determining sentence for a conviction.The antonym of aggravation is mitigation. In canon law, "aggravation" was a form of censure, threatening excommunication after three disregarded admonitions.


  1. aggravating

    Aggravating refers to something or someone that is intensely annoying or irritating. It can also relate to circumstances or factors that increase the severity or seriousness of a situation, crime, or offence in a legal context.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Aggravating

    of Aggravate

  2. Aggravatingadjective

    making worse or more heinous; as, aggravating circumstances

  3. Aggravatingadjective

    exasperating; provoking; irritating

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of aggravating in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of aggravating in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of aggravating in a Sentence

  1. Lara Yeretsian:

    The probation officer had access to the reports and alleged facts in the case, the juvenile’s prior, and any mitigating or aggravating factors; but still recommended camp, the probation officer had room to recommend a harsher sentence for these felony charges but chose not to...That together with the fact the judge went along with the recommendation carries a lot of weight -- and lend support to the idea that this was a fair and reasonable resolution of the case.

  2. George Floyd:

    We believe there are aggravating factors and the sentence should exceed the sentencing guidelines.

  3. Pam Rak:

    It may be a bit unconventional but it works for us (after years of aggravating scheduling conflicts!).

  4. Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel:

    The sentence imposed was the maximum allowable under the agreement and took into consideration numerous aggravating and mitigating factors, including the vulnerability of the victim and the position of trust held by the defendant, this sentence honors the wishes of the victims in this case.

  5. Oscar Wilde:

    Nothing is so aggravating as calmness.

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    directed outward; marked by interest in others or concerned with external reality
    A equivalent
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