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Synonyms of 'chronic'

(adjective) 
Definition
(of a disease) developing slowly or lasting for a long time
He has to live with chronic back pain.
Synonyms
persistent
flooding caused by persistent rain
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constant
The frontier was a constant source of conflict.
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continual
Despite continual pain, he refused all drugs.
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deep-seated
, ,
deep-rooted
long-term solutions to a deep-seated problem
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ineradicable
(adjective) 
Definition
(of a bad habit or bad behaviour) having continued for a long time
He has always been a chronic smoker.
Synonyms
habitual
Three out of four of them would become habitual criminals.
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confirmed
I'm a confirmed bachelor.
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ingrained
Morals tend to be deeply ingrained.
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incessant
Incessant rain made conditions almost intolerable.
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inveterate
an inveterate liar
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incorrigible
Gamblers are incorrigible optimists.
Opposites
(adjective) 
Definition
very serious or severe
There is a chronic shortage of police cars in this district.
Synonyms
serious
His condition was serious but stable.
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dangerous
a dangerous undertaking
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acute
The war aggravated an acute economic crisis.
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severe
a business with severe cash flow problems
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extreme
people living in extreme poverty
(adjective) 
Definition
very bad
(informal)  The programme was chronic, all banal dialogue and canned laughter.
Synonyms
dreadful
They told us the dreadful news.
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awful
Even if the weather's awful there's still lots to do.
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appalling
I've got the most appalling headache.
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atrocious
The food here is atrocious.
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abysmal
The general standard was abysmal.

Additional synonyms

in the sense of abysmal
Definition
extremely bad
The general standard was abysmal.
Synonyms
bad,
terrible (informal),
godawful (informal)
in the sense of acute
Definition
(of a disease) sudden and severe
The war aggravated an acute economic crisis.
in the sense of appalling
Definition
very bad
I've got the most appalling headache.

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