The UVic Writer's Guide
Aggravate / Irritate
To aggravate is to make a bad situation worse:
The rabies aggravated the dog's already considerable temper.
To irritate is merely to annoy:
The professor was irritated by students who didn't understand
the meaning of "aggravate."
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