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What is the opposite of cure?

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Noun
Opposite of a drug or other preparation for the treatment or prevention of disease
“The legislature enacted a law making it a misdemeanor for anyone to use a poison to kill fish from lakes, ponds, or waterways in Arkansas.”
Noun
Opposite of the act or condition of being restored to health
“Stay at home if there is a chance of sickness.”
Noun
Opposite of a solution to a problem
“Can you help me with my problem, please?”
Noun
Opposite of a medicine or drug, especially a cathartic or purgative
Noun
Opposite of the alleviation of pain, discomfort, or distress
“I suddenly develop an acute exacerbation of pain and then collapse onto the floor.”
Noun
Opposite of the process of returning to a normal state of health
Noun
Opposite of a medicine or remedy that is prescribed
Noun
Opposite of the (usually gradual) return to health
“Maggie also attempts to hide her own illness from her brother, which has become increasingly difficult given the deterioration of her health.”
Noun
Opposite of the removal of stress or discomfort
“I always felt guilty for burdening him with my past, and he didn't need any more stress in his life.”
Verb
(exacerbate) Opposite of to restore (someone) to a physically sound or healthy condition
“He had paranoid schizophrenia and knew that unlawful drug use could exacerbate his condition, triggering psychotic episodes.”
Verb
(harm) Opposite of to restore (someone) to a physically sound or healthy condition
“Understand that anything you eat or drink in excess can harm your body.”
Verb
Opposite of to solve (a problem)
“As those who attended the meeting heard, there are several issues of circumstance that problematize this motion.”
Verb
Opposite of to preserve (food or organic material), typically by salting, drying, or smoking
“Place older food products in front or on top of new ones, and it will help you consume the food before it expires.”
Verb
Opposite of to restore (someone) to a physically sound or healthy condition
“Ms. Lloyd said cacti could injure livestock and working dogs and contaminate wool.”
Verb
Opposite of to recover or improve, especially from an injury or illness
“His condition started to worsen as he entered a state of shock.”
Verb
Opposite of to treat someone medically, as a doctor would
“He did not intend to kill Val, only to merely injure him.”
Verb
Opposite of to mend or repair
“Kevin was a naughty boy who would mistreat and break his toys.”
Verb
Opposite of to return to a former condition of health or vigor
“My body would eventually break under so much punishment from the week's intense training.”
Verb
Opposite of to provide physiological relief
“The constant rubbing will aggravate my wound.”
Verb
Opposite of to preserve food, typically in a salt, sugar or vinegar solution
Adjective
Opposite of dilapidated, distressed, worn-out, torn
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