ag·​gra·​vat·​ed ˈa-grə-ˌvā-təd How to pronounce aggravated (audio)
: 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
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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Sturdivant was initially charged on Dec. 27 with one count of aggravated robbery in Cleveland Municipal Court, according to court records. cleveland, 28 Oct. 2022 Hernandez was on parole for aggravated robbery and was wearing an active ankle monitor, Dallas police said. Sonya Hamasaki, CNN, 24 Oct. 2022 Hernandez is on parole for aggravated robbery and had an active ankle monitor, Dallas police said. Harriet Ramos Fort Worth Star-telegram (tns), al, 23 Oct. 2022 At the time of the shooting, Del Valle was on home detention with pending charges on four counts of aggravated robbery, court documents state. Jordan Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 Oct. 2022 She was convicted of first-degree murder and aggravated robbery in 2006 at 18 years old. Julie Tsirkin, NBC News, 5 Oct. 2022 Hernandez was already on parole for aggravated robbery and had an active ankle monitor at the time of the shooting, according to Dallas police. Brenton Blanchet, Peoplemag, 23 Oct. 2022 Shannon Hall, a 31-year-old former teacher at Jamaica Gateway to the Sciences High School in New York City, was arrested in June and charged with forcible touching, endangering the welfare of a child and aggravated harassment. Fox News, 20 July 2022 Aubrey Dragonetti, 31, Dylan Henry, 30, and Ryan Mulhollen, 27, all of Hornell, each are facing 115 counts of aggravated harassment, according to a news release from the Hornell Police Department. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 14 July 2022 See More

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Word History


from past participle of aggravate

First Known Use

circa 1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of aggravated was circa 1611

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Cite this Entry

“Aggravated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Legal Definition



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

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