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Aggrege, Aggredge, v. Also: aggreage, agrege, agregge; agredge, aggreadge. [ME. ag(g)rege, agredge (c 1380), etc., OF. agreger, -ier. Cf. Aggrage v.]

1. tr. To increase the gravity of (a misdeed, offence, penalty, etc.); to make graver, aggravate. a1499 Contempl. Sinn. 1233.
Till aggrege that gravite grevand
1531 Bell. Boece I. 42; etc.
To aggrege this importabil cruelte
Id. Livy II. 76/10.
To aggrege thare rebellioun with more tressoun
1551 Hamilton Cat. 222.
All circumstancis … that may aggrege the syn
1600 Crim. Trials II. 248.
The thing that agregis his danger
1615 Highland P. III. 231.
I am sorie that he hes aggreged his maiesties wraith
c 1660 Guthrie Christians Gt. Interest (1750) 231.
Therefore to transact so with God, whilst I foresee such a thing, were but to agrege my condemnation
1696 A. Wedderburn David's Test. 182.
That agregges their Torment and their Misery

2. To cause to appear, to represent as, graver or worse; to exaggerate the seriousness or wickedness of (an action, etc.). 1513 Doug. xi. v. 85.
The brym Drances aggregis weill this thyng
Ib. viii. 74.
My cryme aggregis he on hys maneir
1530 Aberd. B. Rec. I. 131.
To delait and agrege the said mater in the charpast maner
1533 Bell. Livy I. 60/20.
This wikkit … deid was sar aggregeit bayth afore the faderis and pepill of Rome
1558-66 Knox I. 324; etc.
Sche did grevouslie aggreage the distructioun of the Charter-howse
1600-1610 Melvill 307.
The King … aggreagit thair cryme verie hilie
1622-6 Bisset I. 96/7.
That lauchfull procese be deducit aganis thame, and oftymes to be aggredged
a1651 Calderwood II. 474.
These calumneis were published … , and aggredged, to stirre up the subjects against the regent
1669 Honyman Surv. Naphtali ii. 15.
As to what concerns Coronation Oaths, … &c. all which this Libeller labours to aggrege … it shall be needless to say much

b. To enhance, augment. 1587-99 Hume 144/78.
The excellencie of the place … is also aggreged by the liu[e]ly description of a bewtifull terrestriall place

3. To heap or pile on a person. 1513 Doug. xi. vii. 112.
Vp he startis … Turnus to ourcharge, Aggregyng on him wrayth and malice large [L. aggerat iras]

4. To put under the ecclesiastical censure of ‘aggravation’. 1546 Corr. M. Lorraine 162.
Oliver his wyffe and he lyis cursit and aggregit
1602 Colville Parænese 69.
Thai vill haue … no aggreging or reaggreging bot first second and thrid admonition

5. intr. To become more intense; to increase. 1590 Burel Pilgr. ii. xvi.
My grief aggregis mair and mair

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