ag·​gra·​vat·​ed | \ ˈa-grə-ˌvā-təd How to pronounce aggravated (audio) \

Definition of aggravated

1 : angry or displeased especially because of small problems or annoyances : feeling or showing aggravation Sid snored on. Tom was aggravated. He said, "Sid, Sid!" and shook him.— Mark Twain The maid sounded very aggravated.— Louise Fitzhugh
2 law, of a criminal offense : considered more serious or heinous than normal : characterized by aggravating elements (such as the use of a deadly weapon) aggravated manslaughter — see also aggravated assault

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Synonyms for aggravated


annoyed, bothered, exasperated, galled, irked, irritated, narked [British], peeved, put out, scunnered [chiefly Scottish], teed off, vexed

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He had been housed there since July 28 after his arrest on suspicion of second-degree murder and aggravated burglary. Emily Lane,, "Judge rules OPSO employee shouldn't face charge related to teen inmate's hanging death," 23 May 2018 Cooter had been charged with aggravated burglary in 2009 after allegedly climbing through a woman’s bedroom window, stripping down to his underwear and getting in her bed., "The Matt Patricia Fallout: How Could the Lions Not Know?," 10 May 2018 Frugoli was convicted of aggravated driving under the influence and fleeing the scene of the accident was sentenced in 2012 to eight years in prison. Washington Post, "Chicago aldermen back $20M payout in ‘code of silence’ case," 26 Feb. 2018 At the time of the incident, the 54-year-old was on parole for an aggravated possession of cocaine conviction. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Louisiana woman stops man trying to rape her by biting his genitals, police say," 12 Sep. 2018 They boys also were charged with the aggravated misdemeanor possession of burglar tools. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, ""Completely senseless": Boys charged after vandalism killed half a million bees," 19 Jan. 2018 The suspect was charged with aggravated possession of drugs, aggravated trafficking in drugs, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Cheryl Higley,, "Driver faces OVI and firearms charges: North Ridgeville police," 14 Jan. 2018 Pacheco, who is a police officer in North Miami Beach, was arrested immediately and charged with a felony count of aggravated battery on a pregnant woman. Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, "Florida police officer kicks pregnant woman in the stomach, forcing her to give birth, authorities say," 26 July 2018 On Saturday, he was charged in Johnson County District Court with aggravated arson and arson. Tony Rizzo, kansascity, "Resident charged with arson fire at Overland Park apartment complex | The Kansas City Star," 19 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of aggravated

circa 1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for aggravated

from past participle of aggravate

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The first known use of aggravated was circa 1611

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English Language Learners Definition of aggravated

: annoyed or bothered
law : made more serious by the use of violence or the threat of violence



Legal Definition of aggravated

: characterized by aggravating elements (as the use of a deadly weapon) aggravated kidnapping

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