Exacerbation - definition, transcription

Amer.  |ɪgˌzæsərˈbeɪʃən|
Brit.  |ɪɡˌzæsəˈbeɪʃən|

noun

- action that makes a problem or a disease (or its symptoms) worse (syn: aggravation)
- violent and bitter exasperation

his foolishness was followed by an exacerbation of their quarrel

Examples

The proposed factory shutdown would only exacerbate our unemployment problems.

His angry comments have exacerbated tensions in the negotiation process.

his foolishness was followed by an exacerbation of their quarrel

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