aggravated

adjective

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

Examples of aggravated in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Knox, a cornerback for the SMU football team, turned himself into Glenn Heights police on one count of aggravated assault, one count of a crash causing serious bodily injury and six counts of a crash causing bodily injury, according to police records. Nicole Lopez, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 12 Apr. 2024 Knox is charged with one count of aggravated assault, one count of collision involving serious bodily injury, and six counts of collision involving injury. Angel Saunders, Peoplemag, 11 Apr. 2024 An arrest warrant for Knox was also announced Wednesday, and he is also accused of one count of aggravated assault, one count of collision involving serious bodily injury and six counts of collision involving injury. Rebecca Cohen, NBC News, 11 Apr. 2024 Rice, 23, and a 21-year-old man will each face one count of aggravated assault, one count of collision involving serious bodily injury and six counts of collision involving injury, according to the Dallas Police Department. Sara Smart, CNN, 10 Apr. 2024 The detective’s findings led to the Homestead Police Department arresting Quiroga, who is facing a charge of aggravated battery. Devoun Cetoute, Miami Herald, 7 Mar. 2024 He was booked into the Calhoun County Jail on suspicion of aggravated assault. Louis Casiano, Fox News, 26 Mar. 2024 He was also found guilty of aggravated kidnapping, armed burglary and robbery and sentenced to death. Charles Rabin, Miami Herald, 25 Mar. 2024 Governor According to historical data from the Major Cities Chiefs Association, homicides and aggravated assaults nationwide are up 17% and 14% respectively from 2019. Bill Hutchinson, ABC News, 22 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

from past participle of aggravate

First Known Use

circa 1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of aggravated was circa 1611

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Cite this Entry

“Aggravated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aggravated. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Legal Definition

aggravated

adjective
ag·​gra·​vat·​ed
: characterized by aggravating elements (as the use of a deadly weapon)
aggravated kidnapping

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