ex·as·per·a·tion | \ig-ˌza-spə-ˈrā-shən \

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 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 May said, hinting at her exasperation over the protracted disagreement. NBC News, "Brexit chaos: What happens next for British PM Theresa May?," 10 July 2018 Parker, a licensed pharmacist, grew up behind the counter of his father’s drug store in Concord, N.H., and has spoken of his exasperation in seeing customers resort to spreadsheets to figure out how to schedule and sort their medications. BostonGlobe.com, "Amazon to buy Somerville online pharmacy startup PillPack," 28 June 2018 This time, Elastigirl charges boldly into the fray while Mr. Incredible stays home, to his frequent exasperation, with kids Violet, Dash and baby Jack-Jack. Josh Rottenberg, latimes.com, "How the stars re-aligned for 'Incredibles 2,' a sequel audiences actually want to see," 14 June 2018 When a coach talks about softness and idiocy, it’s often because post-game exasperation or general frustration has tapped into a different part of a vocabulary reservoir. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: Christian Vital's Fire Can Fuel Or Burn UConn," 17 June 2018 In conversations held on background, numerous women in the music industry expressed both relief that Portnow will be moving on and exasperation that he's being allowed to do it on his own terms. refinery29.com, "The Head Of The Grammys Is Leaving & Here's What Women Really Think About It," 2 June 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 \

Kids Definition of exasperation

: extreme annoyance : anger

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