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aggravation

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Aggravation \Ag'gra*va"tion\, noun [LL. aggravatio: cf. F. aggravation.]

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.

2. Exaggerated representation.

By a little aggravation of the features changed it into the Saracen's head. --Addison.

3. An extrinsic circumstance or accident which increases the guilt of a crime or the misery of a calamity.

4. Provocation; irritation. [Colloq.] --Dickens.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

aggravation

noun

1: an exasperated feeling of annoyance [syn: {aggravation}, {exasperation}]

2: unfriendly behavior that causes anger or resentment [syn: {aggravation}, {irritation}, {provocation}]

3: action that makes a problem or a disease (or its symptoms) worse; "the aggravation of her condition resulted from lack of care" [syn: {aggravation}, {exacerbation}]


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