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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Recent Examples on the Web Finis Prendergast, 42, who is incarcerated on an aggravated robbery charge at Harris County Jail, told HuffPost that he was given a single bite-sized muffin and three small packets of peanut butter and jelly for Thursday’s breakfast. Washington Post, "Texas inmates live with clogged toilets, freezing cells amid power outages, advocates say: ‘So cold that their bodies are numb’," 19 Feb. 2021 Leon Russell, 33, was booked at the Sebastian County Jail on counts of aggravated robbery, theft from a building and theft by receiving. Thomas Saccente, Arkansas Online, "Third suspect arrested in connection with Fort Smith armed robbery," 19 Feb. 2021 Navarro was on probation at the time for aggravated robbery, court records show. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, "Feds crack down on cheap parts, sold online, that illegally turn pistols into machine guns," 17 Feb. 2021 Lee at the time of the shooting was free after posting 10 percent of a $50,000 bond stemming from an aggravated robbery charge. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, "Man charged in fatal shooting of Shaker Heights woman at Cleveland gas station," 26 Oct. 2020 Court and police records show Arn was wanted after he was convicted of an aggravated robbery charge last year and later walked away from a psychiatric hospital unit. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, "Investigation continues into Elmwood Place officer-involved shooting," 23 Oct. 2020 Hubbard, who invoked his right not to incriminate himself at the 2007 hearing in Spencer’s case, is serving a life sentence in a Texas prison for aggravated robbery. Jennifer Emily, Dallas News, "Dallas prosecutors say false testimony led to man’s conviction in 1987 robbery, paving his path to freedom," 28 Jan. 2021 Kevin Ballard, 27, is charged with rape and aggravated burglary. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, "Man accused of attacking two women in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood charged in sexual assault at Target," 6 Oct. 2020 And the suspect, 30-year-old Bakar Mberwa, was convicted in 2018 of first-degree felony rape and aggravated burglary. Becky Jacobs, The Salt Lake Tribune, "As Utah clears rape kit backlog, leaders say more reforms ahead," 10 Sep. 2020

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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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26 Feb 2021

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“Aggravated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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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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