Definition of aggravation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌaɡrəˈvāSH(ə)n/


1An intensification of a negative quality or aspect: Negotiators were optimistic despite the aggravation of the standoff caused by the press release
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  • He pitched in an extended spring training game last week with no further aggravation.
  • In addition, 4 individuals had histories consistent with environmental aggravation of preexisting respiratory disease.
  • They also observed an occasional initial aggravation in symptoms with homoeopathy.
worsen, make worse, exacerbate, inflame, compound;
add fuel to the fire/flames, add insult to injury, rub salt in the wound
worsening, exacerbation, compounding
2The state of being aggravated: Internet users' aggravation with the deluge of pop-up ads
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  • So we were not entirely surprised to hear that the HP 8100 burner was still causing aggravation to Win2K users.
  • There is also the aggravation to a user of deliberately having to accept cookies every time a site proffers one.
  • A source of aggravation could be your temporary inability to sort out intensely private feelings.
3A cause of annoyance or irritation: the aggravations of living with a self-confessed sports junkie
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  • I understand that retirement can be a major shock to the system if you have been used to working for your living and coping with the pressures and aggravations of the daily grind.
  • While many CSA farms offer two sizes of shares, we decided after our first season to eliminate that aggravation.
  • I think I'm just too high strung to ever really look past the aggravations and see the genuine warmth and love that pervades our culture during this time.

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Syllabification: ag·gra·va·tion

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