Synonyms for Aggravate:


compound, escalate, add fuel to the fire/flames, do more harm than good, make matters/things worse. anger, complicate, frustrate, increase, intensify, madden, study at, drive someone mad. deepen, enhance, heighten, redouble. bug, feelings, gall, get, nettle, pain, put out, rile, ruffle. aggravate (noun)
exacerbate, exasperate, worsen.


aggravate (verb)
annoy, antagonize, arouse, badger, bait, bedevil, bother, discompose, enrage, envenom, exacerbate, exasperate, harry, hassle, inflame, infuriate, irk, nag, needle, peeve, perturb, pester, rankle, tease, torment, trouble, upset, vex.
annoy (verb)
bother, bug, exasperate, gall, get, grate, irk, irritate, nag, needle, nettle, peeve, pester, tease, vex.
cause to become worse (verb)
complicate, deepen, enhance, exacerbate, heighten, increase, inflame, intensify, worsen.
chafe (verb)
abrade, chafe, disturb, fret, grate, grind, harass, irritate, rasp, resist, rub, scrape, scrub, wear.
change (verb)
exacerbate, exasperate, worsen.
strengthen (verb)

Other synonyms:

complicate. escalate, heighten, nettle, rile. deepen, redouble, ruffle. compound, enhance. get. gall
Other relevant words:
anger, annoy, bug, complicate, compound, deepen, enhance, escalate, feelings, frustrate, gall, get, heighten, increase, intensify, madden, nettle, pain, put out, redouble, rile, ruffle, worsen.

Usage examples for aggravate

  1. This reflection may extenuate my faults in their effects, but it must aggravate them in their source. – The Confessions of J. J. Rousseau, Book XI. by Jean Jacques Rousseau
  2. Now these will, by their doings, exceedingly aggravate the condemnation of one another. – The Works of John Bunyan Volume 3 by John Bunyan
  3. If Wiggins has ever committed any crimes before, this will only aggravate his guilt, and make his punishment the worse. – The Living Link by James De Mille