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[ig-zas-er-beyt, ek-sas-] /ɪgˈzæs ərˌbeɪt, ɛkˈsæs-/

verb (used with object), exacerbated, exacerbating.
to increase the severity, bitterness, or violence of (disease, ill feeling, etc.); aggravate.
to embitter the feelings of (a person); irritate; exasperate.
/ɪɡˈzæsəˌbeɪt; ɪkˈsæs-/
verb (transitive)
to make (pain, disease, emotion, etc) more intense; aggravate
to exasperate or irritate (a person)

1650s, a back-formation from exacerbation or else from Latin exacerbatus, past participle of exacerbare (see exacerbation). Related: Exacerbated; exacerbating.


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