Worse means "less good," that is, a) lower in quality, b) less pleasant, attractive, effective, useful, etc., or c) more serious or severe. The expression "or worse" is used to suggest that there is another possible result that is even "less good" (or "more bad") than the bad result already mentioned. For example, in this sentence:
Kim Yo Jong could be even worse for North Korea than Kim Jong Un, experts say ... that Kim Jong Un “would be more open to the outside word” when he succeeded his father, Kim Jong Il, in 2011 ...
Surely the correct sentence is the latter, “It is even worse.” You see, the adverb even is used here to (a). lay emphasis and (b.) to make a comparison. It is in fact used in the sense “one step ahead”; one step ahead of what? Of being bad. So wha...
Worse and worst are the comparative and superlative forms of the adjective bad.. Worse should be used to compare two things. These can be objects, places, people, ideas, etc. e.g. I think Italian food is worse than French food; Which is worse?Italian or French? Worst should be used to state that one thing is inferior to multiple other things. e.g.I think French food is the worst food in Europe.
Business is bad, and the outlook for next year is even worse. To attempt, therefore, to give names to such imperfect fragments of undeveloped plants is almost as absurd [Pg 9] as to name a flowering plant from a stray fragment of a root-fibril accidentally cast out of the ground-nay, even worse, for identification would probably be easier.
Out of Steve, Bill, and Joe, Steve has the worst score. This was the worst speech the president has ever made. An index of REIT stocks is on track for its worst year since 2008 after a six-year rally pushed it up 348%, including dividends, from its financial-crisis-era low, as of Friday’s close.The Wall Street Journal
Worst definition, bad or ill in the highest, greatest, or most extreme degree: the worst person. See more.
An alternative possibility here would have been to say "more worse", as occurs, for example, in Regan's speech from Act 2, Scene 2 of King Lear: "My sister may receive it much more worse // To have her gentleman abused, assaulted // For following her affairs". – Erik Kowal Oct 22 '14 at 7:01
If the conditions weren't sterile—a word that was not even comprehended at the time—the inoculation didn't work, or worse, introduced a new disease. 3 The theory was that life in the workhouse had to be worse than life outside the workhouse, otherwise it would be overrun with the poor.
Even worse was that feeling of being an ant running aimlessly on top of a burning hot pot. Lovely lovely image! Thanks, Anglika, for the reminder. Yes, even worse can also appear at the beginning of a sentence. Amen to that image! howlingwolf. View Profile View Forum Posts Private Message Newbie