- nBritishserious trouble, victimisation or mutual harassment. A colloquial extension of the standard meaning of the word, used by police and the underworld. Aggravation is, like bother and seeing-to, a typical example of menacing understatement as practised in London working-class speech.
Contemporary slang . 2014.
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aggravation — [ agravasjɔ̃ ] n. f. • XIVe; bas lat. aggravatio, spécialisé en lat. ecclés. 1 ♦ Anciennt Second avertissement d excommunication. 2 ♦ (1835 aggravation de peine) Dr. Augmentation (de la peine); particularité qui aggrave (le délit, le crime). 3 ♦… … Encyclopédie Universelle
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aggravation — I (annoyance) noun complication, difficulty, distress, frustration, grievance, harassment, inconvenience, irritant, irritation, nuisance, ordeal, pressure, provocation, strain, stress II (exacerbation) noun agitation, amplification, augmentation … Law dictionary
aggravation — 1. The 20c has seen an increase in the harassment of appointed or elected officials and of other people in positions of authority, e.g. schoolteachers. The words most commonly used in this context is aggravation (first recorded in this meaning in … Modern English usage
Aggravation — Ag gra*va tion, n. [LL. aggravatio: cf. F. 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… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
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aggravation — [n1] annoyance affliction, aggro*, bother, botheration*, difficulty, distress, exasperation, hang up*, headache*, irksomeness, irritation, pain, pain in the neck*, pet peeve*, provocation, teasing, vexation, worry; concept 410 aggravation [n2]… … New thesaurus
aggravation — [ag΄rə vā′shən] n. 1. the act of aggravating, or making worse, or the condition of being aggravated 2. a thing or circumstance that aggravates, or makes worse 3. Informal exasperation; annoyance … English World dictionary
Aggravation — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Aggravation >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 aggravation aggravation heightening Sgm: N 1 exacerbation exacerbation Sgm: N 1 exasperation exasperation Sgm: N 1 overestimation overestimation &c. 482 Sgm: N 1 exaggeration … English dictionary for students
aggravation — UK [ˌæɡrəˈveɪʃ(ə)n] / US noun Word forms aggravation : singular aggravation plural aggravations 1) [uncountable] mainly spoken a feeling of being annoyed The cost of repairs was huge, not to mention the aggravation. 2) a) [countable/uncountable]… … English dictionary
Aggravation — Als Aggravation (von lat. aggravare: schwerer machen) wird das bewusst übertriebene Betonen vorhandener Krankheitssymptome aufgrund von „vermehrter“ Selbstbeobachtung bezeichnet. Ein Aggravant ist ein Patient, der seine Symptome übertrieben… … Deutsch Wikipedia