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Definition of the noun aggravation

What does aggravation mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: aggravations

  1. an exasperated feeling of annoyance
  2. unfriendly behavior that causes anger or resentment
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of aggravation: irritation / provocation
    • more generic word: aggression = deliberately unfriendly behavior
    • more specific terms:
      • aggro = aggravation or aggression
      • last straw = the final irritation that stretches your patience beyond the limit
      • taunting / taunt / twit = aggravation by deriding or mocking or criticizing
  3. action that makes a problem or a disease (or its symptoms) worse
    • example: the aggravation of her condition resulted from lack of care
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of aggravation: exacerbation
    • more generic word: intensification = action that makes something stronger or more extreme

Alternative definition of the noun aggravation


  1. The act of aggravating, or making worse; used of evils, natural or moral; the act of increasing in severity or heinousness; something additional to a crime or wrong and enhancing its guilt or injurious consequences.
  2. Exaggerated representation.
  3. An extrinsic circumstance or accident which increases the guilt of a crime or the misery of a calamity.


  1. Aggravation is a board game for up to six players, whose object is to be the first player to have all four playing pieces reach the player's home section of the board. The game's name comes from the action of capturing an opponent's piece by landing on its space, which is known as "aggravating".
    • publishers: Parker Brothers, Milton Bradley Company
  2. "Aggravation" is a video game.
    • developer: Cutlass Software
    • genre: Strategy video game
    • publisher: Cutlass Software


  1. "Aggravation" is a musical album of Treponem Pal.
    • released on (24 years ago)
  2. "Aggravation" is a composition.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Aggravation

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Google previewClinical Homoeopathy (2002)

by Anton Jayasuriya

Medicinal Aggravations: Medicinal aggravation is the appearance of some new symptoms in the patient, which have no...

Disease Aggravations: Disease aggravation is a progressive deterioration in the health of the patient.

Google previewHomeopathy, Healing and You (1999)

by Vinton McCabe

An aggravation is a temporary increase in symptoms before these symptoms fall away. Although...

Google previewProgress in Drug Research / Fortschritte der Arzneimittelforschung / Progrès des recherches pharmaceutiques (2013)


Arrhythmia aggravation is the most serious side effect associated with flecainide use and has been reported in up to 20% of...

Google previewTextbook of Applied Materia Medica (2005)

by J. D. Patil

Besides these functional symptoms there are the symptoms of syphilitic affections of the bone as ulceration and carries where the throbbing pain and nightly aggravation is the indicating factors. General organ affection Bones, GI. system, ...

Google previewThe Oxford Handbook of Juvenile Crime and Juvenile Justice (2011)

by Barry C. Feld, Donna M. Bishop

Aggravation refers to the developmental sequence in offending ...

Google previewNatural Healing for Dogs and Cats (2011)

by Diane Stein

An aggravation is a worsening of symptoms for a short period of time, before the dis~ease symptoms suddenly clear or start getting better (ameliorate). In a 30C remedy, the aggravation usually lasts less than half an hour, with a temporary ...

Google previewThe Wolters Kluwer Bouvier Law Dictionary (2015)

Quick Reference by Stephen Michael Sheppard

AGGRAVATION (AGGRAVATED OR AGGRAVATING) A condition that increases the severity of an offense or civil injury. See also: ASSAULT , CRIMINAL BATTERY , AGGRAVATED ASSAULT; BATTERY , AGGRAVATED BATTERY; INJURY, ...

Google previewDictionary of Contemporary Slang (2014)

by Tony Thorne

See also alley aggravation nBritish serious trouble, victimisation or mutual harassment. Acolloquial extensionofthe standardmeaning ofthe word, used bypoliceand the underworld. Aggravation is, like bother and seeingto, a typical example of ...

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Comparative Law (1986)

by René David

Thus, FRANCE recognises the right to claim a supplementary indemnity where the plaintiff's physical condition deteriorates, because aggravation of a damage can be regarded as a distinct cause of action,283 but an increase in the cost of ...

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If you have a job without aggravation, you don't have a job. (Malcolm Forbes)
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Scrabble value of A1G2G2R1A1V4A1T1I1O1N1

The value of this 11-letter word is 16 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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