aggravation

An aggravation is something that makes a situation or condition worse. Getting hot and sweaty might result in an aggravation of your poison ivy rash.

An aggravation of symptoms in a hospital patient is a bad sign — things are becoming more serious. Another, less formal way to use the noun aggravation is to mean something that annoys or bothers you. You might say, "Having to take the bus is such an aggravation — I'd much rather drive my car." The Latin root of aggravation is aggravare, "make heavier," or "increase in oppressiveness."

Primary Meanings of aggravation

1.
n
action that makes a problem or a disease (or its symptoms) worse
2.
n
an exasperated feeling of annoyance
Full Definitions of aggravation
1

n action that makes a problem or a disease (or its symptoms) worse

“the aggravation of her condition resulted from lack of care”
Synonyms:
exacerbation
Type of:
intensification
action that makes something stronger or more extreme
2

n an exasperated feeling of annoyance

Synonyms:
exasperation
Type of:
annoyance, chafe, vexation
anger produced by some annoying irritation

n unfriendly behavior that causes anger or resentment

Synonyms:
irritation, provocation
Types:
aggro
(informal British usage) aggravation or aggression
last straw
the final irritation that stretches your patience beyond the limit
taunt, taunting, twit
aggravation by deriding or mocking or criticizing
Type of:
aggression
deliberately unfriendly behavior

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