Exasperate vs. Exacerbate

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  • Exacerbate

    An exacerbation, in medicine, is the worsening of a disease or an increase in its symptoms. Examples includes an acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and acute exacerbation of congestive heart failure.

  • Exasperate (verb)

    To frustrate, vex, provoke, or annoy; to make angry.

  • Exasperate (adjective)

    Exasperated; embittered.

  • Exacerbate (verb)

    To make worse (a problem, bad situation, negative feeling, etc.); aggravate.

    “The proposed shutdown would exacerbate unemployment problems.”

  • Exasperate (verb)

    irritate and frustrate (someone) intensely

    “this futile process exasperates prison officers”

  • Exacerbate (verb)

    make (a problem, bad situation, or negative feeling) worse

    “the exorbitant cost of land in urban areas only exacerbated the problem”

    “the strong pound has exacerbated the situation by making it much harder for UK companies to compete on price”

Oxford Dictionary

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