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aggravate vt

: to make more serious, more severe, or worse [maliciousness aggravated the offense] [aggravated her preexisting condition] [aggravating factors] compare mitigate
ag·gra·va·tion [a-grə-vā-shən]

Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.

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