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Aggravate vs. Exacerbate — What's the Difference?

Aggravate vs. Exacerbate — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Aggravate and Exacerbate

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Aggravate

To make worse or more troublesome
Aggravate political tensions.
Aggravate a medical condition.
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Exacerbate

Make (a problem, bad situation, or negative feeling) worse
the exorbitant cost of land in urban areas only exacerbated the problem
The strong pound has exacerbated the situation by making it much harder for UK companies to compete on price
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Aggravate

To annoy or exasperate
The child's whining aggravated me.
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Exacerbate

To increase the severity, violence, or bitterness of; aggravate
A speech that exacerbated racial tensions.
A heavy rainfall that exacerbated the flood problems.
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Aggravate

To make (an offence) worse or more severe; to increase in offensiveness or heinousness.
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Exacerbate

(transitive) To make worse (a problem, bad situation, negative feeling, etc.); aggravate.
The proposed shutdown would exacerbate unemployment problems.
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Aggravate

(by extension) To make worse; to exacerbate.
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Exacerbate

To render more violent or bitter; to irritate; to exasperate; to imbitter, as passions or disease.
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Aggravate

To give extra weight or intensity to; to exaggerate, to magnify.
He aggravated the story.
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Exacerbate

Make worse;
This drug aggravates the pain
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Aggravate

(obsolete) To pile or heap (something heavy or onerous) on or upon someone.
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Exacerbate

Exasperate or irritate
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Aggravate

To exasperate; to provoke or irritate.
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Aggravate

To make heavy or heavier; to add to; to increase.
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Aggravate

To make worse, or more severe; to render less tolerable or less excusable; to make more offensive; to enhance; to intensify.
To aggravate the horrors of the scene.
The defense made by the prisoner's counsel did rather aggravate than extenuate his crime.
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Aggravate

To give coloring to in description; to exaggerate; as, to aggravate circumstances.
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Aggravate

To exasperate; to provoke; to irritate.
If both were to aggravate her parents, as my brother and sister do mine.
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Aggravate

Make worse;
This drug aggravates the pain
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Aggravate

Exasperate or irritate
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