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1The process of making a problem, bad situation, or negative feeling worse.‘a lack of stress reduction skills can lead to the exacerbation of existing problems and the onset of many others’
- 1.1count noun An acute increase in the severity of a problem, illness, or bad situation.‘he was admitted to the hospital once last year for an exacerbation of asthma’
- 1.1count noun An acute increase in the severity of a problem, illness, or bad situation.
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘provocation to anger’): from Latin exacerbatio(n-), from the verb exacerbare (see exacerbate).
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