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The Lost Art of the Great Speech: How to Write It * How to Deliver It by Richard Dowis

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Aggravate/irritate

To aggravate something is to make it worse; to irritate is to create a new condition. Example: "Mary was irritated because John was late for the wedding, and the fact that he forgot the ring aggravated the situation." Exacerbate is a synonym for aggravate; annoy is a synonym for irritate.

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