follow Dictionary.com

Is irregardless a word?

exacerbate

[ig-zas-er-beyt, ek-sas-] /ɪgˈzæs ərˌbeɪt, ɛkˈsæs-/
verb (used with object), exacerbated, exacerbating.
1.
to increase the severity, bitterness, or violence of (disease, ill feeling, etc.); aggravate.
2.
to embitter the feelings of (a person); irritate; exasperate.
Origin of exacerbate
1650-1660
1650-60; < Latin exacerbātus (past participle of exacerbāre to exasperate, provoke), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + acerbātus acerbate
Related forms
exacerbatingly, adverb
exacerbation, noun
unexacerbated, adjective
unexacerbating, adjective
Can be confused
exacerbate, exasperate.
Synonyms
1. intensify, inflame, worsen.
Antonyms
1. relieve, soothe, alleviate.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for exacerbating
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • The influence of menstruation in exacerbating acne has been called in question, but it seems to be well established.

  • Indeed his manner had always been most irritating and exacerbating to Arrelsford.

    Secret Service Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • It had come to her, an intolerably pathetic messenger and accuser, out of the exacerbating frowsiness of the Cedars.

    Hilda Lessways Arnold Bennett
  • He lives with Lady Holland, and amuses himself by exacerbating her fears of illness and death.

  • Her trouble, though of a kind proverbially the most hardening and exacerbating, had an entirely contrary tendency on her.

    The Young Step-Mother Charlotte M. Yonge
British Dictionary definitions for exacerbating

exacerbate

/ɪɡˈzæsəˌbeɪt; ɪkˈsæs-/
verb (transitive)
1.
to make (pain, disease, emotion, etc) more intense; aggravate
2.
to exasperate or irritate (a person)
Derived Forms
exacerbation, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin exacerbāre to irritate, from acerbus bitter
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for exacerbating

exacerbate

v.

1650s, a back-formation from exacerbation or else from Latin exacerbatus, past participle of exacerbare (see exacerbation). Related: Exacerbated; exacerbating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for exacerbate

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for exacerbating

24
28
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for exacerbating