Which worsens the state of poor old Father Hirsch; threatening now really to die, of heart-break and other causes.
Every act of selfish pleasure-seeking, untouched by nobler aims, weakens and worsens the soul's life.
"to make worse," Old English wyrsian, from the root of worse. The reflexive sense of "to get worse, become worse off" first attested 1795 and elevated into literary use c.1800-30, where formerly worse (v.) had served. Related: Worsened; worsening.