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 To this excuse, Colbert took off his glasses in exasperation. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, "Amanda Seyfried Is Just Like Us, Wants ‘Eight Mamma Mias’," 17 Apr. 2021 You might be tempted to throw up your hands in exasperation at these findings. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, "How to Buy Happiness," 15 Apr. 2021 But Gribbin’s biography of Hawking also describes the exasperation of readers with such intellectual snobbery, and the book’s capacity to spark the lay imagination. Samanth Subramanian, The New Republic, "The Mysteries of Stephen Hawking’s Universe," 6 Apr. 2021 But the mortgage refinance process can be complicated, with a lot of moving parts and confusing terms that can lead even experienced homebuyers to throw up their hands in exasperation. Jennifer Yellin, CNN Underscored, "It’s not too late to refinance your mortgage — but here’s how to move quickly," 31 Mar. 2021 But one month into the largest mass immunization campaign in Canadian history, joy and relief have given way to exasperation and a smidgen of partisan finger-pointing amid a rollout that critics say has been uneven, bumpy and sluggish. Washington Post, "Canada has secured more vaccine doses per capita than anyone else, but it’s been slow to administer them," 15 Jan. 2021 Forget the exasperation of defeat and the fractured season that followed; this was pure validation for head coach Kyle Shanahan, general manager John Lynch and a franchise revitalized. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "From 49ers’ Super Bowl to Gabe Kapler’s debut season, 2020 sports had its moments," 30 Dec. 2020 That result adds to the exasperation in Doha, where peace negotiators like Ms. Koofi watch every day as the death toll climbs and the fighting continues. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, "For Afghans, US troops ‘home by Christmas’ is gift to the Taliban," 20 Nov. 2020 The YouTubers tended to mimic the calm, authoritative style of cable-news anchors, but other than reading other peoples’ reporting off printer paper, there was little to do beyond trying to match their viewers’ exasperation. New York Times, "Why Finance Gurus Switched Their Bait From Millions to Thousands of Dollars," 24 Mar. 2021

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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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21 Apr 2021

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“Exasperation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exasperation. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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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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