Definition of worse in English:

worse

Syllabification: worse
Pronunciation: /wərs
 
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adjective

  • 2Of poorer quality or a lower standard; less good or desirable: the accommodations were awful, and the food was worse
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    • She had a friend who was abandoned at birth, a foundling, and she began to realise that abandoned children were in a far worse position than adopted ones.
    • There are examples of far worse psychology research.
    • It is hard to think of a worse time to float an airline.
  • 2.1More serious or severe: the movement made the pain worse
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    • But the heroin problem, the underlying source of serious crime, is getting worse.
    • 53 per cent thought that street crime had got worse in the past six months.
    • The prognosis is worse when severe preeclampsia develops during the second trimester.
  • 2.2More reprehensible or evil: it is worse to intend harm than to be indifferent
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    • But it is the fault of the government itself that the remedy is worse than the evil.
    • There is one thing that is worse than evil and that is cowardice in the face of it.
    • Filthy, horrible acts of evil, worse than what he had ever done, were being performed across Faerie.
  • 2.3 [predic. or as complement] In a less satisfactory or pleasant condition; more ill or unhappy: he felt worse, and groped his way back to bed
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    • She had a vague feeling that if she heard what he had to say, she would end up feeling even worse than she already was.
    • Yet it was an unhappy household, made worse by hints of Behrman's mania to come.
    • However, Brian Martin, from Glasgow, claims his operation made his left eye worse and left the vision in his right eye blurred.

adverb

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  • 2Less well or skillfully: the more famous I became the worse I painted
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    • Blogs of War omits the proverbial best thing about McDonalds: there are always some brats there worse behaved than your own.
    • I certainly don't think these they're worse equipped than people who've undergone conventional schooling.
    • Residents fear such a cut would leave officers worse equipped to fight crime in the town.
  • 2.1More seriously or severely: the others had been drunk too, worse than herself
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    • More worryingly, JLP thinks that its Edinburgh store will be even worse hit than in London.
    • Also, if one area is worse affected than others, extra gritting machines could be called in to help.
    • At this point, Kohaku's stomach had already began hurting far worse than Muteki's.

noun

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  • 1A more serious or unpleasant event or circumstance: the small department was already stretched to the limit, but worse was to follow
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    • A steep increase in health costs is already underway and worse is yet to come.
    • If Angelo thought this an unhappy day, worse was in store for him.
    • They talked with him about what happened in the cafeteria but Mike just said that he'd had worse and left it at that.
  • 1.1 (the worse) A less good, favorable, or pleasant condition: the weather changed for the worse
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    • As long as these two elements exist, not voting will not change the present condition for the worse.
    • PS, sorry to hear Croxy's condition has taken a slight turn for the worse.
    • The cold spell took a turn for the worse at the weekend with roads in a very dangerous condition and very little sign of gritting.

Phrases

none the worse for

Not adversely affected by: we were none the worse for our terrible experience
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  • My trouser was torn and I had to go home and change into another suit,’ said Ring who was none the worse for the experience.
  • Finally I managed a smooth getaway and went in to shop, none the worse for the encounter and thinking about how much D.J. looks like her Mama except for that red hair.
  • The Jones family anguish turned to unbridled joy early last Wednesday morning when Conor arrived home none the worse for his ordeal after spending over a week sleeping rough.

or worse

Used to suggest a possibility that is still more serious or unpleasant than one already considered, but that the speaker does not wish or need to specify: the child might be born blind or worse
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  • For those without decent jobs, it seems a huge waste of effort or worse.
  • I tried to counsel him that he might only get what everyone else gets or worse.
  • A very narrow margin might in the future give rise to tension, bitterness, or worse.

so much the worse for ——

Used to suggest that a problem, failure, or other unfortunate event or situation is the fault of the person specified and that the speaker does not feel any great concern about it: if his subjects were unwilling to accept the progress her offered, so much the worse for them
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  • If the government cannot punish those they believe deserve punishment within the current bounds, then so much the worse for the government.
  • The important thought to hold onto here is that ethical claims cannot be empirically verified, but that this is so much the worse for empirical verification.
  • We even adopted unilateral free trade towards those countries who, so much the worse for them, persisted with their own protectionism.

the worse for wear

informal
  • 1Damaged by use or weather over time; battered and shabby.
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    • The living-room is somewhat the worse for wear, with a threadbare dark red carpet.
    • Most of these filled baskets looked a little the worse for wear but there were a couple that were in reasonable condition.
    • It is rather the worse for wear, very grainy with pronounced film defects.
  • 2(Of a person) feeling rather unwell, especially as a result of drinking too much alcohol.
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    • Quite often he'd be drunk and rather the worse for wear.
    • McDonald said she was ‘near-speechless with indignation and anger’ at implications by the police that she had been the worse for wear after drinking.
    • As licensees we don't accept the blame for violent thugs who run riot anywhere because if, in our opinion, we feel someone in our pubs is the worse for wear because of drink then we refuse to serve them.

worse luck

see luck.

worse off

In a less advantageous position; less fortunate or prosperous.
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  • A couple with five sons say they are going to be worse off under the new tax credits system - if they ever get any money.
  • In other words if people had the freedom to do what they wanted, overall they would be worse off, and some very much worse off.
  • We remain opposed to any proposal to increase the state pension age that would make manual workers and the poor worse off.

Origin

Old English wyrsa, wiersa (adjective), wiers (adverb), of Germanic origin; related to war.

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