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Poor policy exacerbated the country’s problems.
  to make a bad thing worse
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Strongly Associated with:   mitigate
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  • Poor policy exacerbated the country’s problems.
  • It exacerbates her arthritis.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • Stress and nervous tension are now serious social problems in all parts of the Galaxy, and it is in order that this situation should not be in any way exacerbated that the following facts will now be revealed in advance.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • I actually felt a little nauseated, sitting there, a condition exacerbated when I turned on the desk lamp, which had an orange shade and made everything seem even more radioactive.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride

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  • Her mother’s death, the abuse, and the desperate circumstances all exacerbated Trina’s emotional and mental health problems.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • This law exacerbated the class tensions that a number of historians have identified as undermining Confederate unity and morale.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • A doctor confirmed that he had disastrously exacerbated his war injury.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • The problem was exacerbated by the fact fare-beating was not easy to fight.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • It was plain that the Hufflepuffs felt that Harry had stolen their champion’s glory; a feeling exacerbated, perhaps, by the fact that Hufflepuff House very rarely got any glory, and that Cedric was one of the few who had ever given them any, having beaten Gryffindor once at Quidditch.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Aspirin was a gastric irritant, and it could exacerbate bleeding.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain

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  • In fact, say his friends, by the time he departed for Everest in 1996, Fischer’s marriage had been seriously strained, a situation that was exacerbated by his financial dependence on his wife.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • "Speaking of college applications, Edward," Charlie said, his tone even more sullen — he tried to avoid addressing Edward directly, and when he had to, it exacerbated his bad mood.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • Faculty club interlocutions over "publish or perish" or how affirmative action exacerbates the conflict between the magnetic lecturers and the dogged scholars are not on Cedric’s radar.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • The RPF invasion exacerbated the country’s economic problems.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • The previous night, he had healed several of the aches and pains troubling him, and while that had provided a measure of relief, the spells only exacerbated his exhaustion.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • His recent stroke had apparently only exacerbated this tendency.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • The break with Sara Noriega, however, revived his dormant grief, and once again he felt as he did on those afternoons of endless reading in the little park, but this time it was exacerbated by his urgent need for Dr. Juvenal Urbino to die.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • His heart was so exacerbated at parting from the girl that he could not face an inn, or even a household of the most humble kind; and entering a field he lay down under a wheatrick, feeling no want of food.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • The years of military rule had exacerbated the chronic malnutrition, and tuberculosis had risen markedly in the region.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • You only exacerbated the situation, you sacrificed her!
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • To Xavier’s mind, Lippy’s hat was the final exacerbation.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • If he jumped off now, Seabiscuit, obedient to equine instinct to flee pain, would probably tear over the track, exacerbating his injury.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • Zeitoun knew not to exacerbate the situation, and assumed that when they were interviewed by a superior, everything would be explained.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • He said nothing, however, and his conduct greatly astonished me; yet I thought it prudent not to exacerbate the growing moodiness of his temper by any comment.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Gold-Bug
  • As we entered the airport terminal, stepping into a large reception room, we were struck quickly by another disagreeable sensation the overpowering stench of body odor, exacerbated by the heat.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • Instead of exacerbating the issue, he invited Milton Security’s CEO to lunch.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • His ordeal with the Amagiri exacerbated his back problems, and he has even endured surgery—to no avail.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • People believed the sun exacerbated all illnesses, so there were as many umbrellas as there were patients.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • One wheel on his shopping cart wobbled noisily, louder in his imagination than in reality, exacerbating his headache.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • They exacerbated the nerves of each other, but their love was beyond grievance, and their songs of praise were extravagant.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • As Cesar tried to wipe a speck that had lodged itself in his eye, he grumbled as the dirt on the back of his hand only exacerbated the problem.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • As he moved into the shadows beneath the eaves of the first line of hovels, a hard knot of unease settled in Roran’s gut, exacerbating his queasiness.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • Then, when Saima’s second child was born and turned out to be a girl as well, her mother-in-law, a crone named Sharifa Bibi, exacerbated the tensions.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • Thankfully, the reinforced windows were cracked only enough to allow good circulation—like windchill, when fast moving, the hot air somewhat exacerbated the heat.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan’s Daughters
  • Jenny was a basket case of fear and stress and frustration, all exacerbated by lack of sleep, as she nursed him nearly nonstop and then watched helpless as he tossed her milk back at her.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • Thus, whereas plague by its impartial ministrations should have promoted equality among our townsfolk, it now had the opposite effect and, thanks to the habitual conflict of cupidities, exacerbated the sense of injustice rankling in men’s hearts.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • In a word, Joachim was onto his cousin’s tricks, he had accidentally eavesdropped on an act of betrayal, much like the one Hans Castorp had committed on the evening of Mardi Gras—a new treachery, exacerbated by the indisputable fact that it had become a habit with him.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • He exacerbated his trouble by creating a pseudonym, "Mary Rosh," to defend his theory in online debates.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • If then, these suppressions and needs are combined, it seems possible that the reason for this brutality to Vanessa was that he had an illicit need forsympathy, released by the woman, stimulated; and her refusal to accept her role, part slave, part angel, exacerbated him; checked the flow that had become necessary of self pity, and stirred in him instincts of which he was unconscious.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Sketch of the Past
  • Such delicacy exacerbated the rest of the crew, who were usually so hungry by suppertime that they could ill abide waits.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • The problem exacerbated one afternoon when a "gear" from the other side of town showed up.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • The memory of what had been—of the companionship he had once shared with the other members of his order—exacerbated Glaedr’s loneliness.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • He cursed irritably, plunged in exacerbated fury at the brake, and burst out in an annoyed "tuh-tuh-tuh-tuh," when the car stalled.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Although the rise of this crime wave long predated crack, the trend was so exacerbated by crack that criminologists got downright apocalyptic in their predictions.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • She missed, and the sparrow darted past and continued on its way unmolested, which only exacerbated her foul mood.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • My inability to discern the obvious was exacerbated to some degree by the guide-client protocol.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • The pounding beat of his stride originated in his heels and ran up his legs, through his hips, and along his spine until it terminated at the base of his skull, where the recurring impact jarred his teeth and exacerbated the headache that seemed to worsen with every passing mile.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • The Internet has proven particularly fruitful for situations in which a face-to-face encounter with an expert might actually exacerbate the problem of asymmetrical information—situations in which an expert uses his informational advantage to make us feel stupid or rushed or cheap or ignoble.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • To keep Ngawang from having to exert himself, which would have exacerbated his edema, at several points during the descent, Beidleman picked up the ailing Sherpa and carried him on his back.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • But Woolf must have burned with the frustration of the nose loss in 1938, and the guilt for having possibly exacerbated the horse’s injury in 1939.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
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Associated words [difficulty]:   exacerbate [5] , mitigate [2]
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