Fester vs Exacerbate - What's the difference?

fester | exacerbate |

As verbs the difference between fester and exacerbate

is that fester is to become septic; to become rotten while exacerbate is to make worse (pain, anger, etc); aggravate.




(en verb)
  • To become septic; to become rotten.
  • * Milton
  • Wounds immedicable / Rankle, and fester , and gangrene.
  • To worsen, especially due to lack of attention.
  • Deal with the problem immediately; do not let it fester .
  • * Macaulay
  • Hatred festered in the hearts of the children of the soil.
  • To cause to fester or rankle.
  • * Marston
  • For which I burnt in inward, swelt'ring hate, / And fester'd rankling malice in my breast.


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  • To make worse (pain, anger, etc.); aggravate.
  • The proposed shutdown would exacerbate unemployment problems.
  • * 2013 , Louise Taylor, English talent gets left behind as Premier League keeps importing'' (in ''The Guardian , 20 August 2013)[http://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2013/aug/19/english-talent-premier-league-importing]
  • The reasons for this growing disconnect are myriad and complex but the situation is exacerbated by the reality that those English players who do smash through our game's "glass ceiling" command radically inflated transfer fees.

    Derived terms

    * exacerbatingly * exacerbation

    See also

    * exasperate ----