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."

Definitions of aggravation
  1. noun
    action that makes a problem or a disease (or its symptoms) worse
    “the aggravation of her condition resulted from lack of care”
    synonyms: exacerbation
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    type of:
    action that makes something stronger or more extreme
  2. noun
    an exasperated feeling of annoyance
    synonyms: exasperation
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    type of:
    annoyance, chafe, vexation
    anger produced by some annoying irritation
  3. noun
    unfriendly behavior that causes anger or resentment
    synonyms: irritation, provocation
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    (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:
    deliberately unfriendly behavior
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