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ex·ac·er·bate

 (ĭg-zăs′ər-bāt′)
tr.v. ex·ac·er·bat·ed, ex·ac·er·bat·ing, ex·ac·er·bates
To increase the severity, violence, or bitterness of; aggravate: a speech that exacerbated racial tensions; a heavy rainfall that exacerbated the flood problems.

[Latin exacerbāre, exacerbāt- : ex-, intensive pref.; see ex- + acerbāre, to make harsh (from acerbus, harsh; see ak- in Indo-European roots).]

ex·ac′er·ba′tion n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.exacerbating - making worseexacerbating - making worse        
intensifying - increasing in strength or intensity
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