aggravate

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aggravate

 [ag´rah-vāt″]
to cause a patient's condition to deteriorate.
References in classic literature ?
They said I did at home, but I thought likely they just wanted to aggravate me.
In fact, John Browdie's apprehensions were so strong that he determined to ride over to the school without delay, and invited Nicholas to accompany him, which, however, he declined, pleading that his presence might perhaps aggravate the bitterness of their adversity.
I felt that to obtrude my consolations on her then would only serve to aggravate her sufferings.