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 for exasperate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Exasperate \Ex*as"per*ate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Exsasperated;
     p. pr. & vb. n. Exasperating.]
     1. To irritate in a high degree; to provoke; to enrage; to
        excite or to inflame the anger of; as, to exasperate a
        person or his feelings.
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              To exsasperate them against the king of France.
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     2. To make grievous, or more grievous or malignant; to
        aggravate; to imbitter; as, to exasperate enmity.
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              To exasperate the ways of death.      --Sir T.
     Syn: To irritate; provoke. See Irritate.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Exasperate \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. [Obs.] --Shak.
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           Like swallows which the exasperate dying year
           Sets spinning.                           --Mrs.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: exasperate or irritate [syn: exacerbate, exasperate,
      2: make furious [syn: infuriate, exasperate, incense]
      3: make worse; "This drug aggravates the pain" [syn: worsen,
         aggravate, exacerbate, exasperate] [ant: ameliorate,
         amend, better, improve, meliorate]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  72 Moby Thesaurus words for "exasperate":
     TB, aggravate, agitate, annoy, arouse, badger, bait, be at,
     bedevil, beset, bother, bristle, brown off, bug, bullyrag, burn up,
     chafe, chivy, consumption, devil, discompose, distemper, disturb,
     dog, embitter, exercise, fash, fret, gall, get, gripe, harass,
     harry, heckle, hector, hound, huff, incense, inflame, irk,
     irritate, miff, molest, nag, needle, nettle, nudzh, peeve,
     persecute, pester, pick on, pique, plague, pluck the beard, pother,
     provoke, rankle, ride, rile, roil, ruffle, set up, stir the blood,
     stir up, tease, torment, trouble, try the patience, tweak the nose,
     vex, work up, worry

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