aggravate vs irritate

aggravate irritate


  • 1) To make worse, or more severe; to render less tolerable or less excusable; to make more offensive; to enhance; to intensify.
  • 2) To give coloring to in description; to exaggerate; as, to aggravate circumstances. — William Paley.
  • 3) To exasperate; to provoke; to irritate.
  • 4) Literally, to add weight to or upon; increase the amount, quantity, or force of; make heavier by added quantity or burden.
  • 5) Synonyms To heighten, raise, increase, magnify; overstate. See list under exaggerate.
  • 6) To provoke; irritate; tease.
  • 7) To exaggerate; give coloring to in description; give an exaggerated representation of: as, to aggravate circumstances.
  • 8) To make more grave or heavy; increase the weight or pressure of; intensify, as anything evil, disorderly, or troublesome: as, to aggravate guilt or crime, the evils or annoyances of life, etc.
  • 9) To annoy or exasperate: synonym: annoy.
  • 10) To make worse or more troublesome.
  • 11) To give coloring to in description; to exaggerate.
  • 12) colloq. To exasperate; to provoke; to irritate.
  • 13) obsolete To make heavy or heavier; to add to; to increase.


  • 1) obsolete Excited; heightened.
  • 2) transitive To provoke impatience, anger, or displeasure.
  • 3) transitive To introduce irritability.
  • 4) transitive To induce pain in (all or part of a body or organism).
  • 5) intransitive To cause or induce displeasure or irritation.
  • 6) excite to an abnormal condition, or chafe or inflame
  • 7) excite to some characteristic action or condition, such as motion, contraction, or nervous impulse, by the application of a stimulus
  • 8) Excited; exasperated; intensified.
  • 9) To excite to automatic action by external agency, as organic tissue; produce motion, contraction, or inflammation in by stimulation: as, to irritate the skin by chafing or the nerves by teasing.
  • 10) Synonyms Provoke, Incense, etc. (see exasperate); fret, chafe, nettle, sting, annoy, gall, inflame, excite, anger, enrage.
  • 11) Torendernullandvoid.
  • 12) To render null and void.
  • 13) To give greater force or energy to; excite.
  • 14) To excite to resentment or anger; annoy; vex; exasperate: as, to be irritated by an officious or a tedious person.
  • 15) To cause (someone) to feel impatient or angry; annoy: synonym: annoy.
  • 16) Physiology To cause a physiological response to a stimulus in (a cell, body tissue, or organism).
  • 17) To be a cause of impatience or anger.
  • 18) To make sore or inflamed.
  • 19) To increase the action or violence of; to heighten excitement in; to intensify; to stimulate.
  • 20) (Physiol.) To produce irritation in; to stimulate; to cause to contract. See Irritation, n., 2.
  • 21) (Med.) To make morbidly excitable, or oversensitive; to fret
  • 22) To excite anger or displeasure in; to provoke; to tease; to exasperate; to annoy; to vex.
  • 23) rare To render null and void.


  • 1) He reached for his throat but Sabrina pushed his hand down -- he would only aggravate the injury by rubbing it.
  • 2) 'Sally, Sally, don't ever wander,' they'd sing, hoping to aggravate Mother into grabbing a knife again.
  • 3) Not wanting to aggravate her in any way, he skirted around her, making his presence barely felt.
  • 4) The word aggravate annoys him, so say irritate instead?
  • 5) Pope denounces condom use in Africa - in fact, he says condoms "aggravate" the problem of AIDS.
  • 6) I also get annoyed with people who seem to think that 'aggravate' and 'irritate' are synonyms.
  • 7) Nevertheless, the international credit crunch and the weakening of global growth will "aggravate" the slowdown of the Icelandic economy, Mr. Haarde said.
  • 8) I'm going to let the use of "aggravate" in lieu of "irritate" slide, though.
  • 9) The party was reacting to what it called the ANC's decision in the National Assembly's land affairs committee to "aggravate" the provisions of the Bill.
  • 10) Basil's lips in spite of a vow he had just taken not to say anything that should "aggravate" his hostess, who was in a state of tension it was not difficult to detect.
  • 11) "I thought 'aggravate' meant making worse than it is," said quiet little Mary Pinfall.
  • 12) I'm not sure what this misinformed individual means by "aggravate" in "It doesn't aggravate the need for more electrical transmission grid."
  • 13) ‘That seriously aggravates his third problem - namely, that as the candidate appealing to both wings of the Democrats, he necessarily also annoys both wings.’
  • 14) ‘‘Your dangerous and aggressive driving was intentional, this seriously aggravates the offence,’ Judge Haworth said.’
  • 15) ‘The housing problem was aggravated by a rapid increase in a population that doubled from 1949 to 1964 and almost doubled again by the end of the century.’
  • 16) ‘The judge noted he was a risk to the public and said the offence was aggravated by force used and injuries being caused to a vulnerable victim.’
  • 17) ‘To put energy into pH regulation to reverse acidosis would not help in this situation, but on the contrary would aggravate the energy problem.’
  • 18) ‘Premature implementation will set back the cause of regional reform and development and aggravate political problems.’
  • 19) ‘Even a slight traffic accident or a train delay aggravates the problems and stress.’
  • 20) ‘The negative publicity surrounding OxyContin has aggravated a longstanding problem.’
  • 21) ‘Ji said that the sudden crisis will aggravate people's mental problems if they are prone to depression, obsession and anxiety.’
  • 22) ‘Advanced disease and intensive multi-modality treatment aggravates problems like speech disturbances, eating problems, and disfigurement.’
  • 23) ‘Shielded lamps and indirect luminaires prevent the lighting installation from aggravating the problems of stress.’
  • 24) ‘Though she discovered a passion for running in the mountains, the stress aggravated a previous injury, and Ratkovic ruptured her Achilles tendon.’
  • 25) ‘In many obstinate skin disorders like psoriasis and eczema where the application of soap aggravates the problem, patients are best advised to use curd while bathing.’
  • 26) ‘It was Wilkinson's third run-out after a long battle with a groin problem and there were fears he had aggravated the injury when he was attended to by medics after 58 minutes.’
  • 27) ‘Despite calls for their culling and suggestions they be given to pensioners for Sunday dinner, many people insisted on feeding them which only aggravated the problem.’
  • 28) ‘Hibs were further encouraged when Moravcik aggravated the leg injury which had troubled him all week and went off to be replaced by McNamara in only 17 minutes.’
  • 29) ‘However, the problem is aggravated by another large group of litter-creators: the people who throw their rubbish out of car windows.’
  • 30) ‘The local favourite aggravated an injury to his troublesome right arm after catching his hand in a latch while taking a toilet break on the 16th fairway.’
  • 31) ‘Contrary to expectations, moving leopards around has only aggravated the problem.’
  • 32) ‘On the contrary it could very well aggravate the problem even further.’
  • 33) ‘I used to work at a grocery store, and would go home each night thoroughly annoyed and aggravated.’
  • 34) ‘Words I would never have dared to say to my father before, whenever he annoyed or aggravated me.’
  • 35) ‘We're looking for stories where your MIL drives you a little crazy, aggravates / annoys you a bit (nothing mean).’
  • 36) ‘And when you separate the illness from the patient, you free the parents up to be aggravated and very clear about what they're fighting.’
  • 37) ‘‘She's sick,’ Dani said, seemingly aggravated and overly annoyed.’
  • 38) ‘After explaining myself to the very aggravated and annoyed teacher who had exclaimed upon my arrival that I had cut class everything seemed to calm down.’
  • 39) ‘The woman was STILL following me, and it was beginning to irritate and aggravate me.’
  • 40) ‘When I walked in the door, Nick Partly, my HP, was waiting, looking thoroughly aggravated.’
  • 41) ‘I began to stalk away from him, thoroughly aggravated.’
  • 42) ‘In any event, I hoped you enjoyed reading this, even if it was written when I was annoyed and aggravated with the people I worked with back in '98.’
  • 43) ‘The minutes slowly tick by; the woman is getting aggravated.’
  • 44) ‘Not how will you aggravate him, challenge him, dare him, antagonize him, and make an enemy out of him.’
  • 45) ‘Yes, this week's retro Mercury can be aggravating and infuriating, so fume and brood if you want to.’
  • 46) ‘What gets under our skin, aggravates, infuriates, frustrates and makes us hate is of the same seed that also begets love and divine revelation.’
  • 47) ‘An hour we sat, miffed and aggravated until we finally escaped and arrived at our destination.’
  • 48) ‘She muttered, taking control of her anger, ‘Just aggravated at the rat that was watching me.’’
  • 49) ‘People would find me here, weeks later, pale and thin, but worry free and careless, aggravated to be pulled from my hiding place.’
  • 50) ‘With the wind at her back Joy found the walk aggravating due to the fact that her waist long hair threw itself in front of her vision in tangled masses.’
  • 51) ‘FBI warnings are irritating enough, but this is especially aggravating, for two reasons.’
  • 52) ‘Irritably, she swatted the aggravating hand that was distracting her.’


  • 1) To Neil's surprise, all this had begun to irritate Dr Barbara.
  • 2) `I'm not a psychic healer, I just said that to irritate my mother.
  • 3) "I hereby resolve not to let the faults of others irritate me.
  • 4) Tony swung back to him, his expression irritate "What are you talking about?"
  • 5) (even by the fact that the word irritate has too many double letters in it).
  • 6) And even though it's not a rule that you HAVE to tip it does kind of irritate me sometimes that you're expected to tip AND pay the 5% surcharge.
  • 7) From the Guttmacher Institute on IUDs intrauterine devices--they're put in the uterine lining to "irritate" it to prevent implantation of an embryo:
  • 8) Yes, yes, the pirate wants to "irritate" the politicians.
  • 9) Things would kind of irritate -- you know, things would, you know -- I would be able to ignore a lot of things that bothered me.
  • 10) Maybe "irritate" was actually "seizure" in Korea -- but seizures still don't make you drop dead though they can kill, it's a bit more complicated and you can generally survive until reaching a hospital.
  • 11) IFP general-secretary at the time, Oscar Dhlomo, who said on state television Gasa's remarks to the press would "irritate" Inkatha.
  • 12) "Jest kind of irritate one another, eh?" said Scattergood, thoughtfully.
  • 13) ‘Later that evening, Jenny remarked that she was irritated with Sara.’
  • 14) ‘Ryan asked, but Meg could tell he wasn't irritated; his tone was teasingly amiable.’
  • 15) ‘The situation was made worse when Jason made a remark that had irritated her.’
  • 16) ‘She asked hopefully in a sweet tone though she was irritated by the man she had just taken an order from.’
  • 17) ‘That angered me and irritated me and threw me, and I'm sure that was the case with a lot of actors from New York.’
  • 18) ‘Towards the end, the very sound of his voice irritated me.’
  • 19) ‘Her screechy voice really irritated me, but it's not in my nature to blow people off.’
  • 20) ‘Her voice was starting to irritate him; it was high pitched and squeaky.’
  • 21) ‘Their loud voices were beginning to irritate me and I could feel my headache sharpen.’
  • 22) ‘The maniacal, simplistic tone of this book is guaranteed to irritate anyone who ever had a thought of their own.’
  • 23) ‘It really irritates me that people in the military have to pay tax while they are away fighting for their country.’
  • 24) ‘You're irritated because people tend to forget who you are when you participate in things.’
  • 25) ‘I am extremely irritated when people take photos with the camera tilted.’
  • 26) ‘I am incredibly irritated by people who don't think for themselves before asking questions.’
  • 27) ‘I was talking the other day about types of people who irritate me.’
  • 28) ‘They struck me from all sides, caught me unaware, caught me speechless, angered me and irritated me to no end.’
  • 29) ‘And this colonial attitude is something that really irritates the hell out of people who live in rural areas.’
  • 30) ‘She was mildly irritated by the fact he didn't wait for her.’
  • 31) ‘Carver was surprised that his views irritated so many people.’
  • 32) ‘When it comes to people, they irritate the hell out of each other.’
  • 33) ‘The top of the femoral canal may be reinforced by a mesh made of a synthetic material that does not irritate the body.’
  • 34) ‘Without the protection of the eyelid, the inside of the eyelid and the surface of your eye may become dry, irritated and inflamed.’
  • 35) ‘Every single square inch of your body is irritated.’
  • 36) ‘This constant backwash of acid can irritate the lining of your esophagus, causing it to be irritated and inflamed.’
  • 37) ‘Radiation therapy can irritate healthy tissue in its path.’
  • 38) ‘The player cannot twist or turn and the more work they do causes the pain to increase because inflammation irritates the nervous system.’
  • 39) ‘Acne medicine might irritate your skin or make it too dry.’
  • 40) ‘In children who develop asthma, the airways become irritated and inflamed.’
  • 41) ‘Gauderman believes chronic inflammation may play a role, with air pollutants irritating small airways on a daily basis.’
  • 42) ‘A long, hot shower or bath to warm up after being outside dries and irritates skin.’
  • 43) ‘Air that is too dry can irritate the lining of your nose, throat and sinuses and may even cause the lining of your nose to bleed.’
  • 44) ‘After washing, pat the skin dry, don't irritate it by rubbing vigorously.’
  • 45) ‘Some topical acne medicines may irritate your skin, especially in the first few weeks that you use them.’
  • 46) ‘It may irritate and inflame the eyelids and the white part of the eye.’
  • 47) ‘Bulky socks often fit poorly, and a poor fit can irritate your skin.’
  • 48) ‘Instead, the acid irritates the lining of the gullet, causing the burning pain.’
  • 49) ‘Tobacco smoke irritates sinus linings, leading to inflammation and blocked passages.’
  • 50) ‘Even though it is natural, senna is harsh and can irritate the lower digestive tract.’
  • 51) ‘Pulling hay from above causes dust and mold to become airborne, irritating the respiratory tract.’
  • 52) ‘Also, some bales may contain fungi or dust that may irritate the respiratory tract of horses.’

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