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Definition to make a bad thing worse
  • Poor policy exacerbated the country's problems.
exacerbated = made worse
  • It exacerbates her arthritis.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique's Journey
  • exacerbates = makes worse (said of a bad thing)
  • 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
  • exacerbated = made worse
  • 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
  • exacerbated = made worse
  • The true cause of Africa's poverty is the continent's long history of crippling misgovernance—a problem that is exacerbated by rich countries' trade protectionism, particularly with respect to agriculture.
    Christopher Preble and Marian L. Tupy  --  Trade, Not Aid  -- (retrieved 06/28/06)
  • 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
  • Longer life spans and rising health care costs will exacerbate the tax-burden on our children if entitlement programs are not reformed.
    Veronique de Rugy  --  Cut the Talk — and the Spending  -- (retrieved 06/28/06)
  • The most perilous moment for a bad government is one when it seeks to mend its ways...For the mere fact that certain abuses have been remedied draws attention to the others and they now appear more galling; people may suffer less, but their sensibility is exacerbated.
    Alexis de Tocqueville
  • U.S. tariffs, quotas, and export subsidies exacerbate poverty in regions like sub-Saharan Africa where people are heavily dependent upon agriculture.
    Christopher Preble and Marian L. Tupy  --  Trade, Not Aid  -- (retrieved 06/28/06)
  • The RPF invasion exacerbated the country's economic problems.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • A doctor confirmed that he had disastrously exacerbated his war injury.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • 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
  • His recent stroke had apparently only exacerbated this tendency.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • 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
  • He exacerbated his trouble by creating a pseudonym, "Mary Rosh," to defend his theory in online debates.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • Aspirin was a gastric irritant, and it could exacerbate bleeding.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • Zeitoun knew not to exacerbate the situation, and assumed that when they were interviewed by a superior, everything would be explained.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • You only exacerbated the situation, you sacrificed her!
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • The problem was exacerbated by the fact fare-beating was not easy to fight.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • Her mother's death, the abuse, and the desperate circumstances all exacerbated Trina's emotional and mental health problems.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy

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