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EtymologyEdit

Blend of verschlimmern (to make worse) +‎ verbessern (to improve), attributed to Georg Christoph Lichtenberg.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /fɛɐ̯ˈʃlɪmˌbɛsɐn/, /fɐ-/
  • (file)

VerbEdit

verschlimmbessern (third-person singular simple present verschlimmbessert, past tense verschlimmbesserte, past participle verschlimmbessert, auxiliary haben)

  1. (informal) to make something worse in an honest but failed attempt to improve it
    • 2012 July 25, Thomas Darnstädt, "Staatsstreich zum Guten", Spiegel.
      Es hat das verquere, durch eilige Reparaturversuche im vergangenen Jahr nochmals verschlimmbesserte deutsche Wahlgesetz gekippt – gut ein Jahr vor der nächsten Bundestagswahl.
      A good year before the Bundestag elections, [the Federal Constitutional Court] has overturned the messy German electoral law, which had been unintentionally made even worse by hasty mending attempts last year.

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