Simple Definition of exasperate
: to make (someone) very angry or annoyed
Examples of exasperate in a sentence
The criticism of his latest movie is sure to exasperate his admirers.
We were exasperated by the delays.
Did You Know?
Exasperate hangs with a rough crowd. It derives from "exasperatus," the past participle of the Latin verb exasperare, which in turn was formed by combining "ex-" with asper, meaning "rough." Another descendant of "asper" in English is "asperity," which can refer to the roughness of a surface or the roughness of someone's temper. Another relative, albeit a distant one, is the English word spurn, meaning "to reject."
Origin and Etymology of exasperate
Latin exasperatus, past participle of exasperare, from ex- + asper rough — more at asperity
First Known Use: 1534
Synonym Discussion of exasperate
First Known Use of exasperate
EXASPERATE Defined for Kids
Definition of exasperate for Students
: to make angry
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