- to increase the severity, bitterness, or violence of (disease, ill feeling, etc.); aggravate.
- to embitter the feelings of (a person); irritate; exasperate.
Origin of exacerbate
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Examples from the Web for exacerbated
The panic is exacerbated when those still working presumably safely in the affected areas are worried, too.Ebola-Fueled Racism Is on the Rise in Europe
Barbie Latza Nadeau
August 21, 2014
As with the drug trade, much of the violence associated with sex work is exacerbated by its illegality.Why It's Time to Legalize Prostitution
August 15, 2014
This was exacerbated by two years in Turkey where he says, “the only option is to live underground and survive.”A Maple Syrup Mecca for Iran’s Gays
August 10, 2014
The problem has been exacerbated as programs become fewer and larger.Why the World’s Armies Don’t Want U.S. Tech Anymore
July 14, 2014
But Cantor also exacerbated things by failing at attempts to play internal politics within the Republican Party of Virginia.How Eric Cantor Sabotaged Himself
Ben Jacobs, Tim Mak
June 11, 2014
The disposition, of course, was there; it should have been modified, not exacerbated.Expository Writing
Mervin James Curl
To his exacerbated nerves its rich southern melodies were soothing.Egoists
The effects of increasing vessel traffic apparently are exacerbated by the narrow physical confines of Glacier Bay.Humpback Whales in Glacier Bay National Monument, Alaska
United States Department of Commerce, Marine Mammal Commission
Accordingly, he has met with some exacerbated decriers, and with very few thorough-going defenders.The English Novel
The pains are not exacerbated at night, but, on the contrary, are often more severe by day.
- to make (pain, disease, emotion, etc) more intense; aggravate
- to exasperate or irritate (a person)
Word Origin and History for exacerbated
1650s, a back-formation from exacerbation or else from Latin exacerbatus, past participle of exacerbare (see exacerbation). Related: Exacerbated; exacerbating.