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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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 On Wednesday morning, students voiced exasperation and distress in response to the reticence of some Republicans to back new gun regulations. Author: Alexander Burns, Julie Turkewitz, Anchorage Daily News, "Florida Republicans face mounting pressure to act on gun control," 21 Feb. 2018 The Coolidges had received a series of threatening letters, so the president was likely concerned for his son’s safety—but perhaps cloaked beneath the veneer of security was Coolidge’s underlying exasperation with his son’s continued shenanigans. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "For His Patriotic Birthday, Five Facts About Calvin Coolidge," 2 July 2018 Those payments show the lengths AT&T went to understand Trump's thinking, even as Stephenson alternated between praise and exasperation with the president. Gregory Korte, USA TODAY, "In hiring Michael Cohen, AT&T betrays a complicated relationship with Trump," 9 May 2018 And April has been surprised to learn that parenthood offsets exasperation with a kind of loopy joy. Anndee Hochman, Philly.com, "The Parent Trip: Jerry and April Brennian of Mayfair," 24 Apr. 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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