Last modified on 7 December 2014, at 23:11

exacerbate

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EtymologyEdit

From Latin exacerbo (to provoke); ex (out of; thoroughly) + acerbo (to embitter, harshen or worsen).

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exacerbate (third-person singular simple present exacerbates, present participle exacerbating, simple past and past participle exacerbated)

  1. (transitive) To irritate.
  2. (transitive) To make worse (pain, anger, etc.); aggravate.
    The proposed shutdown would exacerbate unemployment problems.
    • 2013, Louise Taylor, English talent gets left behind as Premier League keeps importing (in The Guardian, 20 August 2013)[1]
      The reasons for this growing disconnect are myriad and complex but the situation is exacerbated by the reality that those English players who do smash through our game's "glass ceiling" command radically inflated transfer fees.

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LatinEdit

VerbEdit

exacerbāte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of exacerbō