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
Recent Examples on the Web What McCarthy said in exasperation about Trump's responsibility for the Capitol riot probably reflects the sentiments of the majority of House and Senate Republicans. Charlie Dent, CNN, 1 May 2022 The interplay between Guttenberg and Reiser, and Guttenberg's exasperation with Reiser is what makes the scene work. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 20 Apr. 2022 The latest upstarts are trying to tap into something different: a sense of voter exasperation with fringe views and the unending cycles of provocation and outrage that feel tailor-made to maximize social media clicks and donor response. New York Times, 11 Apr. 2022 The Ottawa convoy was not above criticism, but its successes offer a playbook for citizens who share the movement’s exasperation with the pandemic state across the West. Nate Hochman, National Review, 26 Feb. 2022 Vos has become a target for that intense exasperation, despite being the only legislative leader who launched a review of the 2020 election. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 Feb. 2022 Why, exactly, do the stakes feel so high that emotionally stable adults are reduced to extralegal score settling or pacing in exasperation around their apartment? Natalie Shure, The New Republic, 8 Feb. 2022 There may be perplexity at the way some exhibits are curated and exasperation with captions that do not satisfy. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, 3 Dec. 2021 The resulting discussion had moments of exasperation, as committee members complained of a lack of information needed to make such decisions, as well as a lack of clarity about what, specifically, the FDA was asking of them. NBC News, 6 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of exasperation

1547, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Exasperation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exasperation. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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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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