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Aggravate does come from the Latin gravis, meaning heavy or serious.
Fowler, in his classic Modern English Usage, puts the aggravation matter clearly: "It's time to recognise that usage has beaten the grammarians, as it so often does, and that the condemnation of this use of aggravate has become a fetish."