ag·gra·vate /'a-grə-ˌvāt/ vt -vat·ed, -vat·ing: to make more serious, more severe, or worse
maliciousness aggravated the offense
aggravated her preexisting condition
aggravating factors compare mitigate
ag·gra·va·tion /ˌa-grə-'vā-shən/ n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I (annoy) verb acerbate, aggrieve, annoy, bother, cause pain, chafe, dismay, disturb, enrage, envenom, exasperate, excite, give pain, hurt, incense, inflame, infuriate, injure, irk, irritate, madden, miff, nettle, offend, pain, pique, provoke, rankle, ruffle, sour, sting, trouble, vex associated concepts: aggravating circumstances II (exacerbate) verb add to, add weight to, amplify, augment, complicate, deepen, deteriorate, further, heighten, impair, increase, intensify, magnify, make more offensive, make more serious, make more severe, make worse, render less excusable, render less tolerable, render worse, worsen associated concepts: aggravated assault, aggravating circumstances III index alienate (estrange), annoy, badger, bait (harass), compound, deteriorate, discommode, discompose, distress, exacerbate, expand, harm, heighten (augment), incense, intensify, irritate, plague, press (goad), provoke

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

To make worse.
aggravation See also simple

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

To make more serious or severe.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


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