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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ex•ac•er•bateɪgˈzæs ərˌbeɪt, ɛkˈsæs-(v.t.)-bat•ed, -bat•ing.

  1. to increase the severity, bitterness, or violence of (disease, ill feeling, etc.).

  2. to embitter the feelings of (a person).

Origin of exacerbate:

1650–60; < L exacerbātus, ptp. of exacerbāre to exasperate =ex-ex -1+acerbāre to make bitter


Princeton's WordNet

  1. aggravation, exacerbation(noun)

    action that makes a problem or a disease (or its symptoms) worse

    "the aggravation of her condition resulted from lack of care"

  2. exacerbation(noun)

    violent and bitter exasperation

    "his foolishness was followed by an exacerbation of their quarrel"


  1. exacerbation(Noun)

    An increase in the severity of something (such as a disease)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Exacerbation(noun)

    the act rendering more violent or bitter; the state of being exacerbated or intensified in violence or malignity; as, exacerbation of passion

  2. Exacerbation(noun)

    a periodical increase of violence in a disease, as in remittent or continious fever; an increased energy of diseased and painful action

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