Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
aggravatus, p. p. of
To make heavy or heavier; to add to; to increase.
[Obs.]“To aggravate thy store.”
To make worse, or more severe; to render less tolerable or less excusable; to make more offensive; to enhance; to intensify.“To aggravate my woes.”
aggravatethe horrors of the scene.
The defense made by the prisoner’s counsel did rather
aggravatethan extenuate his crime.
To give coloring to in description; to exaggerate;
To exasperate; to provoke; to irritate.
If both were to
aggravateher parents, as my brother and sister do mine.
Syn. – To heighten; intensify; increase; magnify; exaggerate; provoke; irritate; exasperate.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To make heavy, but not used in this literal sense. Figuratively, to make worse, more severe, or less tolerable; as, to aggravate the evils of life; to aggravate pain or punishment.
2.To make more enormous, or less excusable; as, to aggravate a crime.
4.To give coloring in description; to give an exaggerated representation; as, to aggravate a charge against an offender; to aggravate circumstances.
The propriety of the word in the latter passage is questionable. Aggravate is generally used in reference to evils, or something improper or unnatural.