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To make something bad exist or happen - synonyms or related words

bring on

to be the cause of something bad, especially an illness

cause

verb

to make something happen, usually something bad

touch off

to make something unpleasant or dangerous happen

bring on

to make something bad happen to someone

inflict

verb

to cause something unpleasant to happen

unleash

verb

to do or to cause something that has a very powerful or harmful effect

invite

verb

to do something that makes something bad or unpleasant more likely to happen

precipitate

verb

formal to make something happen or begin to exist suddenly and quickly, especially something bad

unloose

verb

literary to do or to cause something that has a powerful or harmful effect

spark

verb

mainly journalism to make something happen, especially something involving violence or angry feelings

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freshet

a rise in the level of a stream or river

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