Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


It aggravates all the pain and suffering that it mingles with and poisons all the pleasure.

It aggravates the disease, in order to bring it to a crisis.

It both betrays and aggravates the rottenness that lurks within.

Every minute aggravates its sufferings, and will no one, no one come to its aid?

No one would tell me what it was; which aggravates it to the last degree.

The Senator laments the disease, but instead of healing, aggravates it.

There is other testimony which aggravates the case still further.

Since grief but aggravates thy losse, Grieve not for what is past.

Under the competitive system, charity only aggravates the malady.

This aggravates the complaint, and they come into Washington in a terrible condition.


1520s, "make heavy, burden down," from past participle adjective aggravate "burdened; threatened" (late 15c.), from Latin aggravatus, past participle of aggravare "to render more troublesome," literally "to make heavy" (see aggravation). Earlier in this sense was aggrege (late 14c.). Meaning "to make a bad thing worse" is from 1590s; that of "exasperate, annoy" is from 1610s.

Related: Aggravated; aggravating. Phrase aggravating circumstances is recorded from 1790.