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
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.
A revolutionary ideologue who is obsessed with purifying the élite of King’s Landing—including Cersei—the High Sparrow is unwilling to compromise, sticking to his principles in a way that is both impressive and aggravating.
The judge would then issue a sentence based on only those aggravating factors, although the bill gives the judge the power to override the jury and sentence someone to life in prison.
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