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]