verb (used with object), ex·ac·er·bat·ed, ex·ac·er·bat·ing.
- ex. doc.,
- exact differential,
- exact science,
Origin of exacerbate
Examples from the Web for exacerbation
Now the place has been set by the ears, and a tone of exacerbation prevails.Alone|Norman Douglas
Exacerbation succeeded surprise; and that in turn gave way to a maddening thirst for sanguinary vengeance.Carmen Ariza|Charles Francis Stocking
They had begun to comprehend this exacerbation of emotion—this paroxysmal rhapsody.
Dr. Kerr attributed this increase to exacerbation in the type, and epidemicity of the disease.Prisoners Their Own Warders|J. F. A. McNair
His death served still more to increase the exacerbation of the conquerors against the conquered.Horse-Shoe Robinson|John Pendleton Kennedy
Word Origin for exacerbate
c.1400, from Late Latin exacerbationem (nominative exacerbatio), noun of action from past participle stem Latin exacerbare "exasperate, irritate, provoke," from ex- "thoroughly" (see ex-) + acerbus "harsh, bitter," from acer "sharp, keen" (see acrid).
1650s, a back-formation from exacerbation or else from Latin exacerbatus, past participle of exacerbare (see exacerbation). Related: Exacerbated; exacerbating.