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Examples of exasperate in a Sentence
The criticism of his latest movie is sure to exasperate his admirers.
We were exasperated by the delays.
Recent Examples of exasperate from the Web
The longstanding practice of scholarship displacement has exasperated nonprofits and students across the country.
Dariwala is exasperated, arguing the Koran nowhere mentions female circumcision as a mandatory practice.
Key Democrats were stunned by the GOP response and exasperated that the White House seemed willing to let Republican opposition block any pre-election move.
When McHam didn’t show, a clearly exasperated Superior Court Judge Bob Bell ordered deputies to find him, arrest him and jail him – this time without a bond.
Judge Steven O'Neill has been by turns exasperated and effusive, praising the jury's diligence.
Exasperated with the secrecy that surrounds a closeted existence, Mili Hernández, along with her partner Mar de Griñó and Arnaldo Gancedo, set up the bookshop to give visibility to a community that had long been relegated to the shadows.
Yet as Trump hurts himself and exasperates his supporters, nothing seems to change his behavior.
The current crisis was exasperated by President Joseph Kabila's refusal to step down after two terms as required by law.
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The Difference Between exasperate and exacerbate
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." Lest you wish to exasperate your readers, you should take care not to confuse exasperate with the similar-sounding exacerbate, another Latin-derived verb that means "to make worse," as in "Their refusal to ask for help only exacerbated the problem."
Synonym Discussion of exasperate
First Known Use of exasperate
EXASPERATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of exasperate for English Language Learners
: to make (someone) very angry or annoyed
EXASPERATE Defined for Kids
Definition of exasperate for Students
: to make angry
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