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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Synonyms for aggravated


annoyed, bothered, exasperated, galled, irked, irritated, narked [British], peeved, put out, scunnered [chiefly Scottish], teed off, vexed

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He was arrested for aggravated burglary, felonious assault and public indecency., "Man found in stranger's bed with pants down, hatchet in hand," 6 July 2018 Young was charged in the same indictment with aggravated burglary, offenses against a human corpse and tampering with evidence. Cory Shaffer,, "Pair indicted in disappearance and killing of Cleveland Heights mother," 24 Apr. 2018 Robert served a seven-year federal prison sentence in Kentucky and Memphis for drug possession and aggravated burglary. Jourdan Rodrigue, charlotteobserver, "DL Dontari Poe is a new star in Carolina. Here's why he won't forget where he came from | Charlotte Observer," 18 Apr. 2018 On October 12, Jackson was arrested on an Indian Reservation in Washington and charged with aggravated burglary. Asher Fogle, Good Housekeeping, "Daycare Worker Brutally Attacked While Protecting Kids From Their Father Speaks Out," 29 Oct. 2015 He was convicted of possession of a narcotic in 2002, and in 2007 was convicted of aggravated battery and criminal confinement. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Lawrence homicide is ruled self-defense, but shooter faces handgun charge," 14 Mar. 2018 Hurt was initially charged with aggravated child abuse and manslaughter. David Ovalle, miamiherald, "State seeks death penalty for Miami mom whose baby died from scalding bath," 15 June 2018 He was originally arrested for aggravated battery and released on a $3,000 bond. Rafael Olmeda,, "No bond for gun owner who refused to give up his weapons," 3 July 2018 Stewart was previously charged with aggravated battery and first-degree cruelty to children. Raisa Habersham, ajc, "Man faces murder charge in 1-year-old’s beating death," 13 June 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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The first known use of aggravated was circa 1611

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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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