AGGRAVATION

aggravation.

1. The fact of being increased in gravity or seriousness.

2. Eccles. law. A censure threatening the recipient with an increase in the penalties associated with excommunication, usu. because the recipient disre-garded an earlier sentence. • For example, a person who spurned a sentence of excommunication might be sub-jected to an anathema (a formal ban or curse). — aggravate, vb.