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aggravation Syllabification: ag·gra·va·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌaɡrəˈvāSH(ə)n/

Definition of aggravation in English:


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
1.1(In homeopathy) the temporary appearance or worsening of symptoms that a remedy is intended to eliminate, taken to be caused by too strong a dose.
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  • Using remedies with TBM tends to eliminate 99% of aggravations (where the condition worsens before it improves) and results are significantly faster and longer lasting.
  • Because magnets have such a positive effect on vascular circulation, some individuals may experience a temporary aggravation as a consequence of the increased discharge of toxins.
  • Initially, many patients experience an aggravation of their symptoms, but this problem resolves after three to five treatments.
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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