Synonyms for worse

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And you need it worse'n ever he did, if I got you sized up right.

This man who calls himself my husband is no worse, I suppose, than other men.

Dark pictures and gloomy forebodings are worse than useless.

Then, while they wondered whether they might risk it, he got worse.

And if Mr. Lovelace should follow me, things might be worse than they are now.

There's a great roaring in the west, and it's worse it'll be getting when the tide's turned to the wind.

Some of us are only fit to destroy what is yet worse than ourselves.

If he had been guilty, what was that to the cruel world so ready to punish, so ready to do worse!

The ballet's good, the scenery is splendid, and the music might be worse.

It is worse than folly to expect good from the way that things are now managed.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English wiersa, wyrsa, from Proto-Germanic *wers-izon- (cf. Old Saxon wirs, Old Norse verri, Swedish värre, Old Frisian wirra, Old High German wirsiro, Gothic wairsiza "worse"), comparative of PIE *wers- "to confuse, mix up" (cf. Old High German werra "strife," Old Saxon werran "to entangle, compound;" see war). Used as a comparative of bad, evil, ill or as the opposite of better. Phrase for better or for worse is attested from late 14c. (for bet, for wers); to change for the worse is recorded from c.1400.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR WORSE

inferior

adjectivepoor, second-rate
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