Definitions for: Exasperate


[v] make worse; "This drug aggravates the pain"
[v] make furious
[v] exasperate or irritate



Webster (1913) Definition: Ex*as"per*ate, a. [L. exasperatus, p. p. of
exsasperare to roughen, exasperate; ex out (intens.) +
asperare to make rough, asper rough. See Asperity.]
Exasperated; imbittered. [Obs.] --Shak.

Like swallows which the exasperate dying year Sets
spinning. --Mrs.
Browning.


Ex*as"per*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Exsasperated;
p. pr. & vb. n. Exasperating.]
1. To irritate in a high degree; to provoke; to enrage; to
exscite or to inflame the anger of; as, to exasperate a
person or his feelings.

To exsasperate them against the king of France.
--Addison.

2. To make grievous, or more grievous or malignant; to
aggravate; to imbitter; as, to exasperate enmity.

To exasperate the ways of death. --Sir T.
Browne.

Syn: To irritate; provoke. See Irritate.

Synonyms: aggravate, aggravate, exacerbate, exacerbate, incense, infuriate, outrage, worsen

Antonyms: ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate

See Also: alter, anger, change, cheapen, degrade, inflame, irritate

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