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    aggravation of the situation

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am in the right track regarding the proper choise of an adequate first part of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    “To prevent an aggravation of the situation, the Council may, before mking the recommendations or deciding upon the measures in order to retor peace, call upon the parties concerned to comply with such provisional measures as it deems desirable.”

    aggravation = the fact of being made worse.

    There are a few others synonyms of the present word: deterioration, impairing, worsening.

    Thank you for your efforts.



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    Re: aggravation of the situation

    aggravation carries the meaning that there is an act of aggravating, or making worse.

    Your alternatives do not carry that implication, just indicate the situation is becoming bad.

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