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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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Recent Examples on the Web The suspect is already charged in Utah’s 2nd District Court with five counts of aggravated cruelty to an animal, class A misdemeanors. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 June 2022 Mason Bryan was being [00:16:00] sentenced for aggravated burglary and robbery in lake county. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 8 June 2022 In 2006, he was convicted of capital murder and aggravated kidnapping and sentenced to life in prison, the department said. Christina Maxouris, CNN, 19 May 2022 Many of the defendants were charged with 31 counts of bank fraud and seven counts of aggravated identity theft counts. Matthew Rodriguez, CBS News, 18 May 2022 Adam Elmosa, 23, of Palos Park, was arrested on an outstanding warrant from DuPage County for aggravated speeding May 9 in the 10600 block of Southwest Highway, police said. Daily Southtown Staff, Chicago Tribune, 18 May 2022 The indictment also names various defendants in 31 bank fraud counts and seven aggravated identity theft counts. Gregory Yeestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 18 May 2022 Flaucher was booked on a third-degree felony charge of aggravated animal cruelty, according to Collier County Jail records. Garfield Hylton, Orlando Sentinel, 5 May 2022 Mayorkas disputed claims that border security has fallen apart, testifying that more aggravated felons have been removed from the country under his watch compared to the Trump administration. Byquinn Owen Andluke Barr, ABC News, 27 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Aggravated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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Legal Definition of aggravated

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

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