aggravated

adjective ag·gra·vat·ed \ ˈa-grə-ˌvā-təd \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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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Origin and Etymology of aggravated

from past participle of aggravate


Law Dictionary

aggravated

adjective ag·gra·vat·ed

legal Definition of aggravated

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


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