Ex*as"per*ate (?), a. [L. exasperatus, p. p. of exsasperare to roughen, exasperate; ex out (intens.) + asperare to make rough, asper rough. See Asperity.]

Exasperated; imbittered.



Like swallows which the exasperate dying year Sets spinning. Mrs. Browning.


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Ex*as"per*ate (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Exsasperated (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Exasperating (?).]


To irritate in a high degree; to provoke; to enrage; to exscite or to inflame the anger of; as, to exasperate a person or his feelings.

To exsasperate them against the king of France. Addison.


To make grievous, or more grievous or malignant; to aggravate; to imbitter; as, to exasperate enmity.

To exasperate the ways of death. Sir T. Browne.

Syn. -- To irritate; provoke. See Irritate.


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