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Worse \Worse\, v. t. [OE. wursien, AS. wyrsian to become worse.] To make worse; to put disadvantage; to discomfit; to worst. See Worst, v. [1913 Webster] Weapons more violent, when next we meet, May serve to better us and worse our foes. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
Worse \Worse\, n.
Loss; disadvantage; defeat. "Judah was put to the worse before Israel." --Kings xiv.
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That which is worse; something less good; as, think not the worse of him for his enterprise. [1913 Webster]
Worse \Worse\, adv. [AS. wiers, wyrs; akin to OS. & OHG. wirs, Icel. verr, Goth, wa['i]rs; a comparative adverb with no corresponding positive. See Worse, a.] In a worse degree; in a manner more evil or bad. [1913 Webster] Now will we deal worse with thee than with them. --Gen. xix.
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Worse \Worse\, a., compar. of Bad. [OE. werse, worse, wurse, AS. wiersa, wyrsa, a comparative with no corresponding positive; akin to OS. wirsa, OFries. wirra, OHG. wirsiro, Icel. verri, Sw. v[aum]rre, Dan. v[aum]rre, Goth. wa['i]rsiza, and probably to OHG. werran to bring into confusion, E. war, and L. verrere to sweep, sweep along. As bad has no comparative and superlative, worse and worst are used in lieu of them, although etymologically they have no relation to bad.] Bad, ill, evil, or corrupt, in a greater degree; more bad or evil; less good; specifically, in poorer health; more sick; -- used both in a physical and moral sense. [1913 Webster] Or worse, if men worse can devise. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] [She] was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse. --Mark v.
[1913 Webster] Evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse. --2 Tim. iii.
[1913 Webster] There are men who seem to believe they are not bad while another can be found worse. --Rambler. [1913 Webster] "But I love him." "Love him? Worse and worse." --Gay. [1913 Webster]
Bad \Bad\ (b[a^]d), a. [Compar. Worse (w[^u]s); superl. Worst (w[^u]st).] [Probably fr. AS. b[ae]ddel hermaphrodite; cf. b[ae]dling effeminate fellow.] Wanting good qualities, whether physical or moral; injurious, hurtful, inconvenient, offensive, painful, unfavorable, or defective, either physically or morally; evil; vicious; wicked; -- the opposite of good; as, a bad man; bad conduct; bad habits; bad soil; bad air; bad health; a bad crop; bad news. Note: Sometimes used substantively. [1913 Webster] The strong antipathy of good to bad. --Pope. [1913 Webster] Syn: Pernicious; deleterious; noxious; baneful; injurious; hurtful; evil; vile; wretched; corrupt; wicked; vicious; imperfect. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

worse adj
1 (comparative of `bad') inferior to another in quality or condition or desirability; "this road is worse than the first one we took"; "the road is in worse shape than it was"; "she was accused of worse things than cheating and lying" [ant: better]
2 changed for the worse in health or fitness; "I feel worse today"; "her cold is worse" [syn: worsened] [ant: better] n : something inferior in quality or condition or effect; "for better or for worse"; "accused of cheating and lying and worse" adv : (comparative of `ill') in a less effective or successful or desirable manner; "he did worse on the second exam"
worse See bad
bad adj
1 having undesirable or negative qualities; "a bad report card"; "his sloppy appearance made a bad impression"; "a bad little boy"; "clothes in bad shape"; "a bad cut"; "bad luck"; "the news was very bad"; "the reviews were bad"; "the pay is bad"; "it was a bad light for reading"; "the movie was a bad choice" [ant: good]
2 very intense; "a bad headache"; "in a big rage"; "had a big (or bad) shock"; "a bad earthquake"; "a bad storm" [syn: big]
3 feeling physical discomfort or pain (`tough' is occasionally used colloquially for `bad'); "my throat feels bad"; "she felt bad all over"; "he was feeling tough after a restless night" [syn: tough]
4 (of foodstuffs) not in an edible or usable condition; "bad meat"; "a refrigerator full of spoilt food" [syn: spoiled, spoilt]
5 not capable of being collected; "a bad (or uncollectible) debt" [syn: uncollectible]
6 below average in quality or performance; "a bad chess player"; "a bad recital"
7 nonstandard; "so-called bad grammar"
8 not financially safe or secure; "a bad investment"; "high risk investments"; "anything that promises to pay too much can't help being risky"; "speculative business enterprises" [syn: insecure, risky, high-risk, speculative]
9 physically unsound or diseased; "has a bad back"; "a bad heart"; "bad teeth"; "an unsound limb"; "unsound teeth" [syn: unfit, unsound]
10 capable of harming; "bad habits"; "bad air"; "smoking is bad for you"
11 keenly sorry or regretful; "felt bad about letting the team down"; "was sorry that she had treated him so badly"; "felt bad about breaking the vase" [syn: sorry]
12 characterized by wickedness or immorality; "led a very bad life" [syn: immoral]
13 reproduced fraudulently; "like a bad penny..."; "a forged twenty dollar bill" [syn: forged]
14 not working properly; "a bad telephone connection"; "a defective appliance" [syn: defective] n : that which is below standard or expectations as of ethics or decency; "take the bad with the good" [syn: badness] [ant: good, good] adv
1 with great intensity (`bad' is a nonstandard variant for `badly'); "the injury hurt badly"; "the buildings were badly shaken"; "it hurts bad"; "we need water bad" [syn: badly]
2 very much; strongly; "I wanted it badly enough to work hard for it"; "the cables had sagged badly"; "they were badly in need of help"; "he wants a bicycle so bad he can taste it" [syn: badly] [also: worst, worse]

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wyrsa

Adjective

worse
  1. comparative of bad
    Your exam results are worse than before.
  2. comparative of ill
    She was very ill last week but this week she’s worse.

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Adverb

worse
  1. comparative of badly
    He drives worse than anyone I know.
  2. comparative of ill
    He's worse-mannered than she is.
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