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(v) to increase the bitterness or sourness even further; to worsen an already bad situation Origin: L ex + acerbare, to make sharp and bitter The tension between the Hindu and the Muslim communities of the city was exacerbated by the visit of an extremist Hindu leader. He said that the old mosque in the city had been built by the Mughal rulers upon the debris of a Hindu temple and that he would not rest till he had demolished that mosque and built a temple upon it.

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