ac·​er·​bate | \ ˈa-sər-ˌbāt How to pronounce acerbate (audio) \
acerbated; acerbating

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Recent Examples on the Web Scientists insist that climate change has acerbated already ripe conditions for calamitous fires, while critics have contended that such devastation is nothing new to the Australian landscape. Fox News, "Climate change or poor policy? As Australia’s wildfires see some relief, the blame game ascends," 17 Jan. 2020 The goal: Not acerbating people's financial problems. Sharon Coolidge,, "Facing eviction? In a city of renters, Cincinnati's government is trying to help with a 'staggering' problem," 23 Oct. 2019 Airlines say the current rule is acerbating a pilot shortage that has caused some regional carriers to cancel flights. Washington Post, "Industry panel recommends roll back of aviation safety rules," 14 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of acerbate

1657, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for acerbate

borrowed from Latin acerbātus, past participle of acerbāre "to make bitter or disagreeable, worsen, aggravate," verbal derivative of acerbus "sour, bitter, grievous" — more at acerb

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“Acerbate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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