VCR Lesson 8

Jada Walters

Getting lemon juice in a cut _____________________ the pain of the wound.

exacerbate

transitive verb

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

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Synonyms

aggravate, worsen, inflame, intensify, amplify, augment

Antonyms

reduce, lessen, diminish, decrease, alleviate

Parts of Speech

exacerbation - noun

Choose the sentence where exacerbate is used incorrectly.

a.) The manager's headache was exacerbated by the seemingly perpetual ringing of his phone.

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.