Definition of Aggravating circumstance:
Accompanying or accessory condition, event, or fact that increases the culpability or liability of an accused. Aggravating circumstances (such as cruelty, recklessness, and malice in causing injury to others) are often considered by the courts in imposing more severe sentence than a typical sentence for similar offenses. See also mitigating circumstance.
Meaning of Aggravating circumstance & Aggravating circumstance Definition