Irritate/Aggravate

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Irritate/Aggravate

Aggravate mean “to make worse.” The root is grave, in the sense of “serious.” Remember this root when spelling the word.

Irritate means “to exasperate” or “to inflame.”

Incorrect: His teasing aggravated me.

Correct: His teasing irritated me.

Incorrect: That meal irritated my condition.

Correct: That meal aggravated my condition.

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