What is Aggravated?

Legal Definition
A crime or tort is aggravated if the circumstances make it worse or more serious than it would otherwise be. For example, assault may become "aggravated assault" if the defendant uses or brandishes a deadly weapon.
Legal Definition
An assault with circumstances of aggravation, or of a heinous character, or with intent to commit another crinio. In re Burns (C. C.) 113 Fed. 992; Norton v. State. 14 Tex. 393. See ASSAULT. Defined in Pennsylvania as follows: "If any person shall unlawfully and maliciously inflict upon another person, either with or without any weapon or instrument, any grievous bodily harm, or unlawfully cut, stab, or wound any other person, he shall be guilty of a misdemeanor," etc. Brightly, I'urd. Dig. p. 434,