Definition of aggravating
: arousing displeasure, impatience, or anger an aggravating habit
Common Uses of aggravate, aggravation, and aggravating
Although aggravate has been used to refer to rousing someone to anger since the 17th century, it has been the object of disapproval only since about 1870. It is used in expository prose when his silly conceit … about his not-very-good early work has begun to aggravate us — William Styron but seems to be more common in speech and casual writing. a good profession for him, because bus drivers get aggravated — Jackie Gleason (interview, 1986) & now this letter comes to aggravate me a thousand times worse — Mark Twain (letter, 1864) The “make worse” meaning is far more common in published prose than the “rouse to anger” meaning. Such is not the case, however, with aggravation and aggravating. Aggravation is used in the “irritation, provocation” sense somewhat more than in its earlier senses; aggravating has practically no use other than to express annoyance.
Examples of aggravating in a Sentence
there's nothing so aggravating as a blaring car alarm that no one is paying any attention to
Recent Examples of aggravating from the Web
Sometimes that means my listening to a very aggravating conversation between two terrible, terrible people.
Under that edict, U.S. prosecutors have not charged growers in those states as long as their operations did not involve an aggravating factor, such as the use of violence or firearms or the sale to minors.
Mojitos are notorious for being the absolute most aggravating cocktail for concocting.
Florida's former sentencing scheme - before Hurst - had required the judge alone to find the existence of an aggravating circumstance.
The House approved legislation Thursday that makes killing a state or local police officer an aggravating factor that juries and judges would consider in death penalty cases.
And now that he's been placed on a more prominent pedestal, the aggravating truth of Baby Groot has been exposed and magnified.
Just as not having a previous record is a mitigating factors, having a record is an aggravating factor.
Season Two of Mr. Robot—12 episodes that ranged from boring, to overwrought, to stunning—concluded with a middle finger more aggravating than when Game of Thrones left Jon Snow lying in a pool of his own blood.
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