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The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation

Exacerbate, Exaggerate

To exacerbate is to make a difficult situation worse or more intense: The humidity exacerbated the intense heat.

To exaggerate (note the double g) is to overstate, to stretch the truth: He exaggerated when he said it was the hottest day on record.

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