Monday, November 20, 2006
exacerbate transitive verb [ig-ZAS-ur-bayt] To render more severe, violent, or bitter; to irritate; to aggravate; to make worse.
Definitions for exacerbate
- To render more severe, violent, or bitter; to irritate; to aggravate; to make worse.
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Citations for exacerbate
To reduce the stress that exacerbates my stuttering, I have meditated, done deep-breathing exercises, and floated under a condition of sensory deprivation in a dark, enclosed isolation tank.
By the 1920s a stubborn agricultural depression . . . badly exacerbated the problems of the countryside.
Origin of exacerbate
Exacerbate is from Latin exacerbare, "to irritate, to provoke, to aggravate very much," from ex-, intensive prefix + acerbare, "to make bitter, to aggravate," from acerbus, "bitter."