ex·​as·​per·​a·​tion | \ ig-ˌza-spə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce exasperation (audio) \

Definition of exasperation

1 : the state of being exasperated
2 : the act or an instance of exasperating someone

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Examples of exasperation in a Sentence

They had all experienced the exasperation and frustration of holiday shopping. add people who use cell phones inconsiderately to the list of daily exasperations

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The love of my life was working in DC, and exasperation with the ever-worsening A train commute plus a desire to shed some stuff—and therefore be amenable to potential major life changes, including future moves—led me to Orchard Street. Kelsey Keith, Curbed, "From NYC to DC, 14 years of apartments," 5 July 2019 The new policy, announced on 19 June, sparked exasperation and dismay among climate scientists and environmentalists. Jeff Tollefson, Scientific American, "Trump Administration Relaxes Emissions Limits on Power Plants," 20 June 2019 Magnifying his exasperation, most of those cameras erase their footage every five days or so. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "When a solo traveler went missing in Peru, it changed her family's lives completely," 9 June 2019 Even as Tillerson was viewed there with distrust and mounting exasperation, Hook developed relations with top Trump advisers including Stephen Miller and Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law. Nick Wadhams, Bloomberg.com, "A Tillerson Ally Survives the Purge With Help From Friends," 15 Mar. 2018 After cajoling Beijing to cut domestic capacity, Western officials have watched with exasperation as Chinese companies boost production around the world. Lingling Wei, WSJ, "How China Skirts America’s Antidumping Tariffs on Steel," 4 June 2018 And in a recent show of local exasperation, the annual house tour was canceled: Participating residents were miffed that their rooms were popping up on Instagram. New York Times, "Brooklyn Heights: 19th-Century Streets and 21st-Century Changes," 23 May 2018 Some sprinted cooperatively for most of the way, only to stop mere inches from the finish line, much to the exasperation of their owners and the amusement of the crowd. Bethany Ao, Philly.com, "The cutthroat goat races of Sly Fox Brewery's annual Bock Fest," 7 May 2018 Lawyers on both sides have expressed exasperation with the current state of hostilities. Sean Elder, Town & Country, "The War of The Grosses: Inside the Bitter Divorce Battle of the Laguna Beach "Bond King"," 22 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of exasperation

1547, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of exasperation was in 1547

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English Language Learners Definition of exasperation

: the state of being very annoyed or upset


ex·​as·​per·​a·​tion | \ ig-ˌza-spə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce exasperation (audio) \

Kids Definition of exasperation

: extreme annoyance : anger

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