- 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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1. intensify, inflame, worsen.
1. relieve, soothe, alleviate.
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Examples from the Web for exacerbation
Just prior to the onset of an exacerbation the leucocytosis is low.
Now the place has been set by the ears, and a tone of exacerbation prevails.Alone
There was a slight intermission of symptoms and then an exacerbation.Psychotherapy
James J. Walsh
The fever during the attack is distinctly remittent, the evening exacerbation rarely exceeding 103 F.
The stock market crash of 1929 marked an extension and exacerbation of the grim farm conditions rather than a sudden decline.Frying Pan Farm
Elizabeth Brown Pryor
- to make (pain, disease, emotion, etc) more intense; aggravate
- to exasperate or irritate (a person)
C17: from Latin exacerbāre to irritate, from acerbus bitter
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Word Origin and History for exacerbation
1650s, a back-formation from exacerbation or else from Latin exacerbatus, past participle of exacerbare (see exacerbation). Related: Exacerbated; exacerbating.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- An increase in the severity of a disease or in any of its signs or symptoms.
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