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Synonyms for aggravateˈæg 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, aggravate

  2. exacerbate, exasperate, aggravate(verb)

    exasperate or irritate

    infuriate, incense, worsen, exacerbate, exasperate, aggravate


  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. \u2014 William Paley.

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

  4. aggravate(verb)

    To exasperate; to provoke; to irritate.

    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

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

PPDB, the paraphrase database

List of paraphrases:

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

Translations for aggravate

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • ядосвам, влошавам, утежнявамBulgarian
  • ärgern, verbittern, verschlimmern, erschwerenGerman
  • agravar, exasperar, empeorar, irritarSpanish
  • suututtaa, pahentaa, ärsyttääFinnish
  • súlyosbítHungarian
  • cumulareLatin
  • വഷളാക്കുക, ഊതിപ്പെരുപ്പിക്കുക, അലോസരപ്പെടുത്തുകMalayalam
  • forverreNorwegian
  • verergerenDutch
  • forverreNorwegian Nynorsk
  • abusar, provocarPortuguese
  • раздражать, усугублять, усложнятьRussian
  • làm nặng thêmVietnamese

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