exacerbate vs exasperate

exacerbate exasperate


  • 1) transitive To irritate.
  • 2) transitive To make worse (pain, anger, etc.) worse; aggravate.
  • 3) To increase the bitterness or virulence of; make more violent, as a disease, or angry, hostile, or malignant feelings; aggravate; exasperate.
  • 4) To increase the severity, violence, or bitterness of; aggravate.
  • 5) To render more violent or bitter; to irritate; to exasperate; to imbitter, as passions or disease.


  • 1) obsolete Exasperated; imbittered.
  • 2) To frustrate, vex, provoke, or annoy; to make angry.
  • 3) exasperate or irritate
  • 4) To augment the intensity of; exacerbate: as, to exasperate inflammation or a part inflamed.
  • 5) Irritated; inflamed.
  • 6) Irritated;inflamed.
  • 7) To incite by means of irritation; stimulate through anger or rage; stir up.
  • 8) In botany, rough; covered with hard, projecting points.
  • 9) Synonyms Provoke, Incense, Exasperate, Irritate; vex, chafe, nettle, sting. The first four words all refer to the production of angry and generally demonstrative feeling. Irritate often has to do with the nerves, but all have to do with the mind. Provoke is perhaps the most sudden; exasperate is the strongest and least self-controlled; incense stands second in these respects.
  • 10) To make grievous or more grievous; aggravate; embitter: as, to exasperate enmity.
  • 11) To irritate to a high degree; make very angry; provoke to rage; enrage: as, to exasperate an opponent.
  • 12) To increase in severity.
  • 13) To increase the gravity or intensity of.
  • 14) To make very angry or impatient; annoy greatly.
  • 15) To irritate in a high degree; to provoke; to enrage; to excite or to inflame the anger of.
  • 16) To make grievous, or more grievous or malignant; to aggravate; to imbitter.


  • 1) The idea of our intelligence operation here is to make those situations safer, not to exacerbate them with thoughtlessness.
  • 2) At the time he had opposed such a move as likely to exacerbate matters.
  • 3) Everyone hereabouts knows the situation; we all avoid doing anything to exacerbate it.
  • 4) "How everybody's all pretending they know what in hell the word exacerbate means."
  • 5) Although litigation may be necessary at some point, Mr. King's lawsuit has only served to "exacerbate" negotiations with BP, Mr. Riley said in an interview.
  • 6) He also warned Nato not to "exacerbate" its presence in the region.
  • 7) Why am I sure the Pope's reply will be couched in some stupid definition of "exacerbate" along the lines of "encourage promiscuous behaviour"?
  • 8) Anamika, who tied for fifth in her debut last year, kept both hands behind her back as she rattled off "exacerbate" and "foggara."
  • 9) He added that the proliferation of netbooks and other mobile devices featuring ARM-based processors would be sure to "exacerbate" a rising demand for faster data access.
  • 10) Geeslin indicated that increasing TWIA rates at this time would "exacerbate" the burdens faced by Texas living along the coast but recognized that "some modest rate increases" might
  • 11) So we kind of exacerbate that dynamic to the fullest.
  • 12) And obviously you kind of exacerbate it by currency.
  • 13) Both Wordsworth and Coleridge left Cambridge with a love of literature, and a revolutionary fervor that would only exacerbate their troubles.
  • 14) ‘Rising energy costs, which are a result of a growing scarcity, as well as inflation, are exacerbating the situation.’
  • 15) ‘Pilots, unhappy at the increased expectations placed on them, are exacerbating the situation by striking for improved pay and conditions.’
  • 16) ‘These issues were all being felt in our local communities, with the last three years of public housing reforms only exacerbating the situation.’
  • 17) ‘Part of the problem lies in the fact that we are buying much more powerful stereos and televisions today, but other fashion trends are exacerbating the problem.’
  • 18) ‘Vehicles driving through the floodwaters were causing waves, exacerbating problems for households already flooded.’
  • 19) ‘The Dartford Tunnel is a bottleneck and removing the tolls would encourage more people to use it, thereby exacerbating the situation.’
  • 20) ‘How can the war continue, they ask, if it's exacerbating the problem it was meant to solve?’
  • 21) ‘Significant reductions in the number of primary school pupils are in some cases exacerbating financial problems.’
  • 22) ‘The apparently untreated road was progressively freezing-over, exacerbating the problem.’
  • 23) ‘At least the government is trying to find an actual solution, rather than exacerbating the problem.’
  • 24) ‘And if you extend its availability you are merely exacerbating the problem.’
  • 25) ‘She believes that processed food, particularly ready meals, are exacerbating the problem.’
  • 26) ‘He also criticised the city's universities for exacerbating the situation.’
  • 27) ‘So what they do is take the driving test and then they fail, and it simply exacerbates the situation.’
  • 28) ‘Vicky, Alex's wealthy sister, exacerbates the situation by offering Neil money.’
  • 29) ‘The premature closure of Fairhaven Road and problems caused by access from Frenches Road to Linkfield Lane exacerbates the situation.’
  • 30) ‘I find that if I walk fast, it exacerbates the situation and the urge to pee right there on the sidewalk gets stronger.’
  • 31) ‘That strains that whole relationship, probably exacerbates the situation.’
  • 32) ‘Along comes a referee intent on making peace but instead of getting both sides to kiss and make up the peacemaker only exacerbates the situation.’
  • 33) ‘The child's detachment exacerbates the parents' feeling of helplessness.’


  • 1) "I know I exasperate you," she said cheerfully as she faced her mother.
  • 2) ‘In contrast to his vigour and emotional buoyancy later in seeing off the so-called fuel blockade, this dark episode was equally to infuriate, exhaust and exasperate the First Minister.’
  • 3) ‘Some supporters have grown exasperated by his inconsistent crossing.’
  • 4) ‘It's always more complicated than that, as annoying people are known to say with exasperating regularity.’
  • 5) ‘After almost thirty years exasperating the Left, he now turned to enraging the Right.’
  • 6) ‘Privately, court officials admit they are becoming increasingly exasperated by the very system they serve.’
  • 7) ‘She loved her sister dearly and always would, but sometimes Staicie had the infuriating knack of being able to effortlessly exasperate a saint.’
  • 8) ‘Speed bumps definitely do make you slow down, and taxi drivers take sadistic pleasure in exasperating their passengers by coming almost to a halt in front of them.’
  • 9) ‘I took many exasperating telephone calls from the press during my time in Downing Street, but one in particular sticks in my mind.’
  • 10) ‘What you have to do with a book, a simple, obvious, exasperating difficult thing, is, read it.’
  • 11) ‘His Blair-type zeal took rotation, rotation, rotation to the most exasperating degree.’
  • 12) ‘Together, they build up a vivid picture of cricket's most exasperating sons.’
  • 13) ‘But for most of us, it will be the low point of an incredibly exasperating week.’
  • 14) ‘There are no more exasperating things that a neighbour can do than play dance music very loud.’
  • 15) ‘Derrida is so perversely myopic a reader, doggedly pursuing the finest flickers of meaning across a page, that he exasperates some of his opponents with his supersubtlety, not his airy generality.’
  • 16) ‘What reasonable people on both sides of the argument share is a common desire for fairness, but what exasperates many is that tolerance should extend to those who refuse to display any of that quality to their neighbours.’
  • 17) ‘If she makes one really good observation but then at another point she exasperates you with her complete failure to at all get what you're trying to tell her, do you dump her or give it another try?’
  • 18) ‘He sometimes exasperates his journalistic contacts with a steady stream of press releases crammed with statistics, but it earned him kudos and contacts with the Scottish media that are now paying off.’
  • 19) ‘An unreliable boyfriend at the best of times, Shaun persistently exasperates Liz by insisting they spend all their waking hours in the Winchester Arms, their local boozer.’
  • 20) ‘Though the monk admits to some concern about death by a staged accident, more time behind bars he can contemplate with an equanimity that exasperates authorities.’
  • 21) ‘But speculation that he may quit Britain for America exasperates him.’

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