[ig-zas-er-beyt, ek-sas-]
verb (used with object), exacerbated, exacerbating.
to increase the severity, bitterness, or violence of (disease, ill feeling, etc.); aggravate.
to embitter the feelings of (a person); irritate; exasperate.

1650–60; < Latin exacerbātus (past participle of exacerbāre to exasperate, provoke), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + acerbātus acerbate

exacerbatingly, adverb
exacerbation, noun
unexacerbated, adjective
unexacerbating, adjective

exacerbate, exasperate.

1. intensify, inflame, worsen.

1. relieve, soothe, alleviate.
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exacerbate (ɪɡˈzæsəˌbeɪt, ɪkˈsæs-)
1.  to make (pain, disease, emotion, etc) more intense; aggravate
2.  to exasperate or irritate (a person)
[C17: from Latin exacerbāre to irritate, from acerbus bitter]

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Word Origin & History

1650s, from L. exacerbat-, pp. stem of exacerbare (see exacerbation). Related: Exacerbated; exacerbating.
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Example sentences
Worse, the hurricane could well exacerbate the tensions that lurk in the city.
Many of us exacerbate the problem by treating our e-mail addresses as public
In some cases, she argues, current policies may even exacerbate the problem.
Job losses exacerbate the situation for homeowners with risky mortgages.
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