exacerbate

  exacerbate [ ig-ZAS-er-beyt, ek-SAS- ]
 verb ]
 MEANING :
 aggravate; increase intensity, bitterness or violence   
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 The political party's move to brand all minorities as potential threat is likely to exacerbate the already high social tensions prevalent in our country.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 The move was likely to exacerbate the political tensions that have been running high since the opposition made unprecedented gains in the March general elections, eroding the ruling coalition's majority.

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