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Synonyms for aggravate
ˈæg rəˌveɪt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. worsen, aggravate, exacerbate, exasperate(verb)

    make worse

    "This drug aggravates the pain"

    infuriate, incense, worsen, decline, exacerbate, exasperate

  2. exacerbate, exasperate, aggravate(verb)

    exasperate or irritate

    infuriate, incense, worsen, exacerbate, exasperate


  1. aggravate(verb)

    provoke, intensify, heighten, increase, exaggerate, exasperate, magnify, irritate

  2. aggravate(verb)

    To make worse, or more severe; to render less tolerable or less excusable; to make more offensive; to enhance; to intensify.

    heighten, irritate, increase, magnify, exaggerate, intensify, provoke, exasperate

  3. aggravate(verb)

    To give coloring to in description; to exaggerate; as, to aggravate circumstances. — William Paley.

    exasperate, intensify, exaggerate, provoke, magnify, heighten, increase, irritate

  4. aggravate(verb)

    To exasperate; to provoke; to irritate.

    If both were to aggravate her parents, as my brother and sister do mine. — Samuel Richardson Clarissa.

    magnify, exasperate, irritate, provoke, intensify, exaggerate, heighten, increase

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. aggravate

    One may be annoyed by the well-meaning awkwardness of a servant, irritated by a tight shoe or a thoughtless remark, vexed at some careless neglect or needless misfortune, wounded by the ingratitude of child or friend. To tease is to give some slight and perhaps playful annoyance. Aggravate in the sense of offend is colloquial. To provoke, literally to call out or challenge, is to begin a contest; one provokes another to violence. To affront is to offer some defiant offense or indignity, as it were, to one's face; it is somewhat less than to insult. Compare PIQUE.

    affront, annoy, displease, exasperate, insult, irritate, offend, provoke, tease, vex, wound

    conciliate, content, gratify, honor, please

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. aggravate

    exasperate, provoke, wound, heighten, intensify, irritate, make worse, increase, enhance embitter, magnify

    soothe, conciliate, assuage, diminish, palliate, neutralize, soften, lessen, alleviate, attenuate, mitigate

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. aggravate(v. a.)

    heighten (in evil), increase, make worse

  2. aggravate(v. a.)

    exaggerate, overstate, magnify

  3. aggravate(v. a.)

    [Of questionable propriety.] provoke, irritate, exasperate, enrage

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. aggravate(v)

    intensify, heighten, enhance, increase, exasperate, irritate, provoke

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    exacerbate, worsen, compound, escalate, deepen, deteriorate, inflame

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  1. Pope Francis:

    A very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system, humanity is called to recognise the need for changes of lifestyle, production and consumption, in order to combat this warming or at least the human causes which produce or aggravate it.

  2. Nguyen Truong Son:

    We've seen a surge in people jailed in relation to Facebook activity, something the new cybersecurity law will only aggravate.

  3. Barack Obama:

    Free riders aggravate me.

  4. John Kasich:

    They were predicting they were going to win like four states, they won some caucus somewhere. What was it, Minnesota or something? That's really, that's...frankly it doesn't even aggravate me because it's silly.

  5. Dmitry Shlyakhtin:

    It won't aggravate (the situation), it's complex anyway.

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