Synonyms of exasperate in English:
exasperate or exacerbate?These words may be confused on account of their similar sound; but their meanings are different. Exasperate means ‘irritate intensely’ ( his colleague's erratic behaviour exasperated him). Exacerbate, on the other hand, means ‘make (an existing problem) worse’ ( anaemia may be exacerbated by some medicines). Someone's late arrival may exasperate his colleagues, and this in turn may exacerbate the tension between them.
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