ex·​as·​per·​a·​tion ig-ˌza-spə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce exasperation (audio)
: the state of being exasperated
: the act or an instance of exasperating someone

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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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Exasperation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exasperation. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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ex·​as·​per·​a·​tion ig-ˌzas-pə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce exasperation (audio)
: extreme annoyance : anger
: a source of annoyance

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