[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
Beyond that there is little agreement, particularly about whether human
  activity might be exacerbating their effects.
Our journalists should be shaping and commenting upon the debate, not simply
  mirroring and exacerbating it.
Exacerbating this situation is the fact that even the graduates may have gotten
  through high school without learning anything.
Perhaps they'll choose to solve the world's problems instead of exacerbating
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