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. [Blacks Law 8th]