ex·as·per·at·ing | \ ig-ˈza-spə-ˌrā-tiŋ \

Definition of exasperating 

: causing strong feelings of irritation or annoyance an exasperating delay After the most frustrating, aggravating and exasperating two days of his career … —Jack Curry The following days brought light fluky winds and I made only 35 miles of progress in two days. It was very exasperating. —Tom Peterson

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exasperatingly adverb
an exasperatingly slow process The heater warmed up slowly; its temperature was exasperatingly difficult to adjust. Consumer Reports

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1592, in the meaning defined above

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