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Mrs. Wilkins, of all the aggravating women I ever came across, you are the worst.

"You are so aggravating too, my boy," said the old seaman, with unexpected placidity.

What you must do is to pay no attention to her when she is aggravating.

For the symptoms of the night before had developed in a most aggravating way.

They are noisy, vicious, unaccommodating and aggravating to a degree.

The drouth was aggravating in its duration and growing hardships.

Here she stopped short in the most aggravating manner in the world.

Do not spend your remaining moments in aggravating your crimes.

Was there ever any mortal thing in this world so aggravating as a man?

"Make Jerry stop being so aggravating," Cathy begged her mother.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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