VCR Lesson 8
To increase the severity of something; to intensify irritation or violence.
Roots: ACER (Latin) "sharp"
ACERBO, ACERBARE, ACERBAVI, ACERBATUM (Latin) "to make sour"
ACERBUS (Latin) "bitter," "sour," "harsh
Parts of Speech
Choose the sentence where exacerbate is used incorrectly.
b.) While taking a quiz, the student grew exacerbated by the difficult questions and eventually resorted to guessing.
c.) The nurse winced as she rushed the gurney over a bump in the hallway; she knew that the jostling was exacerbating the patient's pain.
d.) After falling from his horse at the competition, the man's embarrassment was exacerbated by a competitor's snide reference to the fall.