1 made more severe or intense especially in law; "aggravated assault"
2 incited, especially deliberately, to anger; "aggravated by passive resistance"; "the provoked animal attacked the child" [syn: provoked]
- past of aggravate
Aggravation is a concept in law that Black's Law Dictionary defines as: "Any circumstance attending the commission of a crime or tort which increases its guilt or enormity or adds to its injurious consequences, but which is above and beyond the essential constituents of the crime or tort itself." For example, aggravated assault is usually differentiated from simple assault by the offender's intent (i.e., to murder, to rape etc.), the extent of the injury to the victim, or the use of a deadly weapon. An aggravating circumstance is a kind of attendant circumstance and the opposite of an extenuating or mitigating circumstance, which decreases guilt.
ReferencesHenry Campbell Black. Black's Law Dictionary. 6th edition. (St. Paul, MN: West, 1991).
aggravated in Italian: Aggravante
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