aggravated

When you see the word aggravated in the description of a crime, it's a more serious crime. Aggravated assault is more than a punch in the nose — it’s assault with the intent of causing serious bodily harm.

Aggravated is built on the Latin root gravis "heavy," as in gravity, and with the prefix ad-, it means "to make heavy." So robbery is one thing, but aggravated robbery is not only robbing someone, but also causing physical harm, and the punishment would be harsher than for simple robbery. The word is used more casually to mean "angered" — you're likely to be an aggravated customer if you’ve been waiting in line forever and someone cuts in front of you.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: aggravated

1
adj
made more severe or intense especially in law
2
adj
incited, especially deliberately, to anger
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: aggravated
1

adj made more severe or intense especially in law

aggravated assault”
Synonyms
intense
possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to a heightened degree
2

adj incited, especially deliberately, to anger

aggravated by passive resistance”
Synonyms:
provoked
angry
feeling or showing anger
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