Even if you hate zombie movies, you might enjoy this snippet from Shaun of the Dead, in which Shaun reveals his endearing unfamiliarity with the word exacerbate:
With Latin roots that mean "to make thoroughly harsh or bitter," the word "exacerbate" means to make something worse, to irritate something, to aggravate something, to make something that's already painful even more painful.
If her anger with you is out of proportion with your mistakes, telling her so is a reliable way to exacerbate it.
Explain the meaning of "exacerbate" without saying "aggravate" or "make it worse."
Fill in the blanks: "(A certain problem exists), a/an (issue, problem, difficulty, pain, discomfort, etc.) exacerbated by _____."
Spend 20 seconds or more on the game below. Don’t skip straight to the review—let your working memory empty out first.
1. One opposite of EXACERBATE is
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