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To make something worse - thesaurus

Synonyms

worsen

verb

to become worse, or to make something worse

compound

verb

to make a problem or difficult situation worse

escalate

verb

to become much worse or more serious, or to make something do this

inflame

verb

to make a situation worse by making people more angry or excited

exacerbate

verb

formal to make a problem worse

complicate

verb

to make a medical condition more dangerous or difficult to treat

do more harm than good

to make a situation worse instead of better

aggravate

verb

to make something bad become worse, especially a situation or a medical condition

add fuel to the fire/flames

to make a bad situation even worse by saying or doing something that makes someone angry

make matters/things worse

used for talking about something that makes a bad situation worse

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More synonyms

add insult to injury

to make a bad situation even worse, especially by treating someone very badly

be stretching something

to make something seem better or worse than it really is

cast a pall over something

to create an unpleasant situation or mood

come/bring something to a head

if a situation comes to a head, or if you bring it to a head, it suddenly becomes worse

degrade

verb

formal to make something worse

disturb

verb

to do something that stops a place or situation from being pleasant, calm, or peaceful

fuel

verb

mainly journalism to make something increase or become worse, especially something unpleasant

light a fuse

to make a dangerous or angry situation worse

pervert

verb

to affect something good or right in a negative way so that it becomes bad or wrong

the road to hell is paved with good intentions

used for saying that people often make a situation much worse when they intended to make it better

rub salt into the wound

to make a bad situation even worse for someone

twist/turn the knife (in the wound)

to make a bad situation even worse

vitiate

verb

very formal to make something less effective or legally acceptable

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