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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
Williams, godmother to the girl’s mother, was clearly exasperated over how something so trivial as bickering on Facebook could turn so tragic.
But the continuing delays and breakdowns have exasperated many riders.
Figure skater Ashley Wagner was exasperated when the scores were handed down at the U.S. Championships in San Jose, which isn’t strictly speaking a trials but usually operates that way.
Some friends, like Cunningham, exasperated, pulled back in hopes that Adam would finally help himself.
Srinivasan was exasperated by McLachlan’s critique.
Iraq is also in the midst of an economic crisis sparked by a global downturn in oil prices and exasperated by years of corruption and waste.
Seek a Circle In many cases, the struggle to silence a busy brain can be exasperated by a lack of like-minded company.
Tabula Rasa is frustrated with tropes, much like Mie is exasperated by her own devolution.
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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."
get one's goat, get on one's nerves, get to, rub the wrong way, set one's teeth on edge, stick in one's craw, wear on;
Synonym Discussion of exasperate
- constant nagging that irritated me greatly
- his exasperating habit of putting off needed decisions
- your pompous attitude nettled several people
- remarks made solely to provoke her
- the new work schedules riled the employees
- a toddler peeved at being refused a cookie
EXASPERATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of exasperate for English Language Learners
: to make (someone) very angry or annoyed
EXASPERATE Defined for Kids
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