American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. More inferior, as in quality, condition, or effect.
- adj. More severe or unfavorable.
- adj. Being further from a standard; less desirable or satisfactory.
- adj. Being in poorer health; more ill.
- n. Something that is worse: Of the two routes, the eastern one is the worse. She was accused of cheating on exams, lying, and worse.
- adv. In a worse manner; to a worse degree.
- idiom. for better or (for) worse Whether the situation or consequences be good or ill: For better or worse, he trusts everyone.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- The comparative of bad, evil, ill; more bad, evil, ill, unfortunate, or undesirable; less valuable or perfect; more unfavorable or unsuccessful; less well in health, or less well off in worldly circumstances. See bad, evil, and ill.
- Sometimes used substantively in the sense of something less good, desirable, fortunate, favorable, etc.
- In logic, having, as a proposition, a character which, if belonging to one of two or more premises, must also belong to the conclusion. Thus, a negative is held to be worse than an affirmative proposition, and a particular worse than a universal. On the same principle, a spurious proposition is taken as in a second degree of particularity.
- In a more evil, wicked, severe, or disadvantageous manner; in a way that is less good, desirable, or favorable.
- In a less or lower degree; less.
- Less favorably or agreeably.
- With more severity, intensity, etc.; in a greater degree.
- To become worse.
- To worst; put to disadvantage; discomfit.
- adj. comparative form of bad: more bad
- adj. this sense?) More ill.
- adj. this sense?) Of lower quality, less desirable.
- adj. this sense?) More severe or serious.
- adj. this sense?) More evil.
- adv. comparative form of badly: more badly
- adv. comparative form of ill: more ill
- adv. Less skillfully.
- adv. More severely or seriously.
- adv. Used to start a sentence.
- v. obsolete, transitive To make worse; to put at disadvantage; to discomfit.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- n. Loss; disadvantage; defeat.
- n. That which is worse; something less good.
- adv. In a worse degree; in a manner more evil or bad.
- v. To make worse; to put disadvantage; to discomfit; to worst. See worst, v.
- n. something inferior in quality or condition or effect
- adj. changed for the worse in health or fitness
- adv. (comparative of `ill') in a less effective or successful or desirable manner
- adj. (comparative of `bad') inferior to another in quality or condition or desirability
- Old English wyrsa (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English wyrsa; see wers- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“They made worse than nothing of it -- _worse_, I say, because they let and hindered those who might have made something of it.”
“If the Opera is to be performed the day after to-morrow, there must be another private rehearsal to-morrow, or _each time it will be given worse and worse_.”
“The general banter throughout the program between her, John, and I was fine for the most part until Adrienne’s frustration kept getting worse and worse ”
“IV. ii.71 (498,7) To do worse to you, were fell cruelty] To do _worse_ is, to let her and her children be destroyed without warning.”
“What makes this worse is the fact that I have to imagine that a very large number of cars flooded, thus how many are post-K purchases?”
“What makes this worse is the fact that I don't believe in shitty first drafts.”
“He did not like the Society, which he described as a worse scourge to humanity than communism.”
“The company said it sees fourth-quarter gross margin coming in about 3.4 percentage points below the year-earlier level, hurt by what it described as a worse-than-expected promotional environment, especially in footwear, as well as by rising costs and "a softer market for excess inventory.”
“Speaking from the Oval Office, Obama says he has put together a professional team to help clean up what he calls the worse environmental disaster that America has ever seen.”
“What's even worse is the thought of having to be a person watching their spouse go through this, being powerless to stop it, and being left in a position of worrying each time whether their loved one will come back alive, and if so how physically and emotionally damaged they will be.”
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