ag·gra·vat·ed | \ˈa-grə-ˌvā-təd \

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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Larkins' passenger, Alvin T. McCranie, 40, Chicago, was taken into custody on a DeKalb County warrant for failing to appear in court on an aggravated DUI charge, police said. Staff Report, Daily Southtown, "Southland police blotter," 19 June 2018 Bond for the aggravated battery charge was set at $30,000. Michelle Hunter,, "Brother wounds brother by firing gun during fight: JPSO," 17 May 2018 Shorter has been charged with one count of aggravated murder, a first-degree felony, in connection with the child's death. Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, "Ohio man accused of fatally stabbing 1-year-old son may have been involved in custody battle," 16 May 2018 Haugen and Van Brumwell were convicted of aggravated murder, which, unlike mere murder, allows for a sentence of death in Oregon. Special To The Oregonian,, "In the crosshairs of conscience: John Kitzhaber's death penalty reckoning," 5 May 2018 The aggravated kidnapping charge Dixon faces in Harris County is a first-degree felony carrying 5 years to life in prison, according to the county's district attorney's office. Jared Gilmour, star-telegram, "Kidnapper’s first victims escaped. He strangled, forced sex on others the next day, Texas cops say | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 2 May 2018 According to Fox8, the teenager is charged with aggravated murder. Josh Magness, miamiherald, "Babysitter heard a 'pop.' She found one boy 'not even alive' and his brother missing, cops say | Miami Herald," 25 Apr. 2018 Police say the 13-year-old has been charged with aggravated murder in Portage County Juvenile Court. NBC News, "Ohio boy, 13, charged with 'premeditated' killing of 11-year-old brother," 25 Apr. 2018 But after Malinowski succumbed to her injuries from the attack, a county grand jury returned a death-penalty indictment against Slager for aggravated murder., "Mother set on fire by boyfriend to testify from beyond the grave in murder trial," 15 Apr. 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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Legal Definition of aggravated 

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

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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