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Pronunciation:  ig'zaspu`reyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  make worse; "This drug aggravates the pain"
  2. [v]  make furious
  3. [v]  exasperate or irritate

EXASPERATE is a 10 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: aggravate, aggravate, exacerbate, exacerbate, incense, infuriate, outrage, worsen
 Antonyms: ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate
 See Also: alter, anger, change, cheapen, degrade, inflame, irritate



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
  2. \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.
    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.
    Syn: To irritate; provoke. See {Irritate}.
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