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exacerbate

[ig-zas-er-beyt] [ɪgˈzæsərˌbeɪt]
verb
  • to make (pain, disease, emotion, etc.) more intense; aggravate
  • to exasperate or irritate (a person)
  • " 'And that he does so primarily because a refusal could mean deportation, which only exacerbates his ill humor.' "