exacerbation, n. 1. aggravation, intensification, heightening, deepening, sharpening, worsening.
2. embittering, envenoming, acerbating, galling, rankling, souring, poisoning.
3. exasperation, exasperating, ruffling, chafing, putting out; angering, infuriating, maddening.
4. irritation, irritating, annoying, bothering, pestering, fretting, plaguing, vexing, disturbing, perturbing, harassing, hectoring, tormenting, provoking, badgering.
exact, adj. 1. accurate, precise, close, faithful, in conformity, in accordance or agreement; correct, unerring, Inf. on the mark, on target, on the money, Inf. right on, Sl. spot on, on the button, on the dot, Inf. on the nose, Sl. on the beam; right, just, true, truthful, veracious; factual, actual, strict, literal, true to life; authentic, real, sound, valid; flawless, faultless, perfect, defectless, errorless.
2. careful, meticulous, punctilious, scrupulous, conscientious; particular, finical, finicky, fussy; minute, detailed, thorough, nice, scientific, methodical, mathematical; critical, demanding, fastidious; strict, rigorous, severe, rigid, unbending, unyielding, ungiving.
-v. 3. demand, require, compel, insist on or upon, command, enjoin; call for, necessitate, tax, Obs. task; requisition, request, ask.
4. wring, wrest, Law. extort, Inf. bleed, extract, squeeze, get out of, take forcibly; elicit, draw out, pry out; shake down, Inf. put the bite or squeeze or shake on, put the arm on [s.o.], Sl. lean against or on.
exacting, adj. 1. severe, strict, rigorous, hard, tough, difficult, firm, stern; demanding, exigent, fastidious, critical, Rare, exactive; rigid, unbending, unyielding, ungiving; harsh, unsparing, oppressive, burdensome; peremptory, imperious, imperative, commanding, dictatorial, tyrannical.
2. difficult, painstaking, close, strict, searching; arduous, laborious, toilsome, operose; trying, troublesome, tough, uphill.
3. extortionate, blood-sucking, greedy, covetous, avaricious; grasping, rapacious, voracious, ravenous, insatiable.
exaction, n. 1. extortion, blackmail, Sl. shakedown, Inf. the squeeze, milking, Inf. bleeding, bloodsucking; skin game, badger game, Sl. murphy.
2. wresting, wrenching, wringing, extraction; demand, requirement, claim, requisition, elicitation.
3. duty, tax, impost, levy, tariff, toll, excise, custom, dues, fee; ransom, tribute, exacted or enforced payment; bribe, douceur, hush money, Inf. protection, Inf. payola, graft.
exactitude, n. 1. exactness, precision, preciseness, accuracy, accurateness; closeness, fidelity, faithfulness, conformity, accordance, agreement; minuteness, detailedness, rigorousness, strictness, severity, severeness; thoroughness, methodicalness, carefulness, painstakingness, exhaustiveness.
2. correctness, unerringness, rightness, rectitude, justness; truth, truthfulness, veracity, verity, veritableness; fact, actuality, factuality, literalness; definiteness, positiveness, absoluteness.
3. authenticity, soundness, validity, validness, integrity; flawlessness, faultlessness, perfection.
exactly, adv. 1. precisely, accurately, closely, faithfully, strictly, to a hair, to the letter; literally, word for word, verbatim, line for line; perfectly, just so, just right, to a T, to a tee, to a turn; explicitly, in detail, minutely, completely, absolutely, fully, quite.
2. just, right, on the dot, Inf. right on, Sl. spot on, on the button, on the money, Inf. on the nose, Inf. on the mark, on target; directly, squarely, Inf. plunk, Inf.