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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
Giuliani’s confounding and at times contradictory statements are said to have pleased Trump, exasperated White House aides and attorneys, and worried the president’s allies.
Fearful of their position, American companies refuse to publicly castigate Chinese trade practices, exasperating U.S. trade officials who complain to TIME of hearing executives’ complaints in private but only platitudes in public.
The news about the arrangement left senior White House aides exasperated, CNN reported this week.
Trump's talk of the wall exasperates the Mexican public, but also focuses the spotlight on their president — who critics say has been too weak in the face of U.S. bullying.
Even Eve’s ragtag group of fellow agents find ways to make their marks in between the high-stakes set pieces, from David Haig’s affably exasperated Bill to Kirby Howell-Baptiste and Sean Delaney’s pair of wisecracking assistants.
The result was long hold times, exasperating customer service, missed service appointments, confusing bills, surprise fees, and - sometimes - outright hostility from the telecom companies toward their customers.
He was tackled in right field by multiple security officers, as players from the Rockies and the Diamondbacks just watched exasperated.
Expect commentators to remind you of the rule every single time there’s a mound visit and also expect to be exasperated by the reminder somewhere around the All-Star break.
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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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