• It might have been worse
    It might have been worse
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj worse (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"
    • adj worse changed for the worse in health or fitness "I feel worse today","her cold is worse"
    • adv worse (comparative of `ill') in a less effective or successful or desirable manner "he did worse on the second exam"
    • n worse something inferior in quality or condition or effect "for better or for worse","accused of cheating and lying and worse"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Worse 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. "Or worse , if men worse can devise.""She] was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse .""Evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse .""There are men who seem to believe they are not bad while another can be found worse .""“But I love him.” “Love him? Worse and worse .”"
    • adv Worse In a worse degree; in a manner more evil or bad. "Now will we deal worse with thee than with them."
    • Worse Loss; disadvantage; defeat. "Judah was put to the worse before Israel."
    • Worse That which is worse; something less good; as, think not the worse of him for his enterprise.
    • v. t Worse To make worse; to put disadvantage; to discomfit; to worst. See Worst v. "Weapons more violent, when next we meet,
      May serve to better us and worse our foes."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • worse 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.
    • worse Sometimes used substantively in the sense of something less good, desirable, fortunate, favorable, etc.
    • worse 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.
    • worse In a more evil, wicked, severe, or disadvantageous manner; in a way that is less good, desirable, or favorable.
    • worse In a less or lower degree; less.
    • worse Less favorably or agreeably.
    • worse With more severity, intensity, etc.; in a greater degree.
    • worse To become worse.
    • worse To worst; put to disadvantage; discomfit.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • comp Worse ; superl. Worst
    • adj Worse wurs (used as comp. of bad) bad or evil in a greater degree: more sick
    • adv Worse bad in a higher degree: less:
    • v.t Worse (obs.) to worst
    • v.t Worse to make worse
    • adv Worse (Shak.) with more severity
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  • May L. Becker
    May L. Becker
    “We grow neither better or worse as we get old, but more like ourselves.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “Bad art is a great deal worse than no art at all.”
  • L. Ron Hubbard
    L. Ron Hubbard
    “There is a condition worse than blindness, and that is, seeing something that isn't there.”
  • Italian Proverb
    Italian Proverb
    “There is no robber worse than a bad book.”
  • Michael Frayn
    Michael Frayn
    “I feel bad that I don't feel worse.”
  • Robert Burton
    “The fear of death is worse than death.”


Bark is worse than their bite - Someone who's bark is worse than their bite may well get angry and shout, but doesn't take action.
Fate worse than death - Describing something as a fate worse than death is a fairly common way of implying that it is unpleasant.
Worse for wear - If something's worse for wear, it has been used for a long time and, consequently, isn't in very good condition. A person who's worse for wear is drunk or high on drugs and looking rough.
Worse things happen at sea - This idiomatic expression is used as a way of telling someone not to worry so much about their problems.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. werse, worse, wurse, AS. wiersa, wyrsa, a comparative with no corresponding positive; akin to OS. wirsa, OFries. wirra, OHG. wirsiro, Icel. verri, Sw. värre, Dan. värre, Goth. waírsiza, 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,


In literature:

The rapids seemed to be getting worse and worse as we went down the stream.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Does it make it better or worse, I wonder, that I am rich, and the question of money does not enter in?
"The Lady of the Basement Flat" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
They must get either better or worse, Graeme thought, and worse it was.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
Suppose he were taken worse?
"Jack at Sea" by George Manville Fenn
Why should it be worse to say things than to think them?
"Out in the Forty-Five" by Emily Sarah Holt
And it's all grown worse since.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
There might have been worse news.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
It is worse than Glasgow, worse than Manchester, worse than Birmingham.
"Gossamer" by George A. Birmingham
Things were going from bad to worse, and life was already a burden to him.
"The Fifth Form at Saint Dominic's" by Talbot Baines Reed
But I wish I had never done anything worse!
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 108, October, 1866" by Various

In poetry:

And then she lost her dolly,
Her very doll of all!
That loss was far from jolly,
But worse things did befall.
"The Girl That Lost Things" by George MacDonald
If I love, why am I thus?
Why this dull and lifeless frame?
Hardly, sure, can they be worse,
Who have never heard his name!
"Lovest Thou Me?" by John Newton
'Twas not because no show'rs did flow
Of heav'nly manna, at my door;
But by my folly I'm into
A worse condition than before.
"The Believer's Soliloquy; Especially in Times of Desertion, Temptation, Affliction, &c." by Ralph Erskine
Ah! what would the world be to us
If the children were no more?
We should dread the desert behind us
Worse than the dark before.
"Children. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
'Now Heaven forefend that ill grow worse:
Enough that ill be ill.
I know of a spell to draw May Carleton,
And bend her to your will.'
"The Priest's Heart" by Charles Kingsley
At the altar you took me for better or worse:
Am I worse than you took me for--say,
Silly elf?--
Am I worse than you took me for, say?
"Grounds For Divorce." by George Pope Morris

In news:

When it comes to data storage and backup, Federal IT managers are facing a daunting challenge that promises to get worse over time, according to a new survey.
What's made it worse is we haven't been used to it.
Why Obama's Deficit Spending Is Making Things Worse.
I think the country would actually be worse off if there were no classic horse race polls during a presidential election.
Conditions could get worse this evening.
Perhaps, if anything, things may even be getting worse, if anyone could have imagined such a thing.
Nobody's had a worse offseason than Xavier.
Blizzard a Big Inconvenience, but Could Have Been Much Worse.
Hot News For those of you keeping score…this year still is the second worse on record for West Nile.
Yes, it's true: Aside from Valentine's Day, there may be no worse night to dine out in this town than New Year's Eve.
A look back at 2007, for better and mostly worse.
Labor thugs make economic hard times worse.
'For Better or for Worse' Starts Over.
Sears Holdings last quarter performed even worse than feared, dimming hopes for the company to complete what would now be a massive—and surprising—turnaround.
Conditions expected to get worse.

In science:

However, here matters would be computationally worse.
Average number of distinct part sizes in a random Carlitz composition
The performance for ISUB = 402 is apparently worse than the others because the singularity structure is much complicated in this subprocess.
GR@PPA_4b: A Four Bottom Quark Production Event Generator for PP/PPbar Collisions
The results cannot be worse than those obtained by the original method, once no further sources of inaccuracies are introduced.
Simple Dynamics for Broad Histogram Method
In both cases, setting the absorption to the Galactic value gave a worse fit.
X-ray Source Population in the Elliptical Galaxy NGC 720 with Chandra
The value of t for the PFP estimator is a bit smaller than for the SML estimator, con firming its worse performance .
An invitation to quantum tomography (II)