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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.
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." 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."
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 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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