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exacerbate (v.)

"increase the bitterness or virulence of, make (a feeling, a conflict, etc.) more hostile or malignant," 1650s, a back-formation from exacerbation or else from Latin exacerbatus, past participle of exacerbare "irritate, provoke." Related: Exacerbated; exacerbating.

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Definitions of exacerbate

exacerbate (v.)
make worse;
Synonyms: worsen / aggravate / exasperate
exacerbate (v.)
exasperate or irritate;
Synonyms: exasperate / aggravate
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