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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
Irons did sometimes exasperate the crew with his whims and demands.
May’s office is exasperated with Hammond’s behavior too, the paper says.
Koeman consistently called on his board in public to snap up the missing ingredients for his squad in the weeks leading up to deadline day, and he will be exasperated to have learned that neither issue was resolved.
Still, the penalties exasperated Louisville's coach.
In April, The Wall Street Journal wrote about Long Island district chiefs exasperated by the potential loss of Mr. Feng’s services at time when many schools can’t find people able and willing to teach computer science.
Is no one else exasperated by this special relationship?
These elemental conditions can also exasperate skin sensitivity, redness, and even itchiness or flaking.
Aisle-blocking is exasperating, and that includes when someone wears an enormous knapsack during rush-hour.
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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."
Synonymsaggravate, annoy, bother, bug, burn (up), chafe, eat, irritate, frost, gall, get, grate, gripe, hack (off), irk, itch, nark [British], nettle, peeve, persecute, pique, put out, rasp, rile, ruffle, spite, vex
Related Wordshassle, heckle; nag; inflame (also enflame), provoke, rouse; badger, bait, bullyrag (also ballyrag), devil, hagride, harass, harry, pester, plague, tease; anger, antagonize, enrage, incense, infuriate, madden, rankle, roil; agitate, discomfort, discompose, disquiet, distress, exercise, freak (out), fret, perturb, undo, unhinge, unsettle, upset, worry; affront, insult, miff, offend, outrage
Near Antonymsappease, conciliate, mollify, oblige, pacify, placate, propitiate; delight, gladden, gratify, please, satisfy; assure, cheer, comfort, console, content, quiet, reassure, solace, soothe
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
Definition of exasperate
- exasperate seed coats
First Known Use of exasperate
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