Worse (?), a., compar. of
Bad. [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.] 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
[She] was nothing bettered, but rather grew
worse. Mark v. 26.
Evil men and seducers shall wax worse and
worse. 2 Tim. iii. 13.
There are men who seem to believe they are not bad while
another can be found worse. Rambler.
"But I love him." "Love him? Worse and
Worse, n. 1. Loss;
disadvantage; defeat. "Judah was put to the worse before
Israel." Kings xiv. 12.
2. That which is worse; something less good; as,
think not the worse of him for his enterprise.
Worse, adv. [AS. wiers, wyrs;
akin to OS. & OHG. wirs, Icel. verr, Goth,
waírs; a comparative adverb with no corresponding positive.
See Worse, a.] In a worse degree; in a manner
more evil or bad.
Now will we deal worse with thee than with
them. Gen. xix. 9.
Worse, v. t. [OE. wursien, AS.
wyrsian to become 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.