Lizet Elaine (simplyn2deep) wrote in 1_million_words,
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Word of the Day 06/20/20 Exacerbate

Exacerbate (verb)
ex·ac·er·bate [ig-zas-er-beyt, ek-sas-]
(previously 06-13-13)

verb (used with object)
1. to increase the severity, bitterness, or violence of (disease, ill feeling, etc.); aggravate.
2. to embitter the feelings of (a person); irritate; exasperate.

OTHER WORDS FROM EXACERBATE
ex·ac·er·bat·ing·ly, adverb
ex·ac·er·ba·tion, noun
un·ex·ac·er·bat·ed, adjective
un·ex·ac·er·bat·ing, adjective

Can be confused: exasperate.

WORDS RELATED TO EXACERBATE
annoy, aggravate, worsen, heighten, irritate, inflame, provoke, intensify, increase, embitter, exasperate, envenom, excite, madden, vex, enrage

SYNONYMS FOR EXACERBATE
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1. intensify, inflame, worsen.

ANTONYMS FOR EXACERBATE
1. relieve, soothe, alleviate.

Origin: 1650–60; < Latin exacerbatus (past participle of exacerbare to exasperate, provoke), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + acerbatus acerbate

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