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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Any feelings of exasperation are neutralized by history. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Why Giants’ Buster Posey still gets benefit of doubt in frustrating year," 13 Sep. 2019 Visitors to Tokyo report a mood of exasperation with what many Japanese perceive as South Korean intransigence. The Economist, "An old grudge between Japan and South Korea is getting out of hand," 29 Aug. 2019 There was an understandable edge of exasperation in his response. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Beto O’Rourke Doesn’t Want to Run for Senate. That’s Fine.," 19 Aug. 2019 President Trump has often expressed his exasperation with America’s continued involvement in Afghanistan and his desire to bring troops home. Cara Anna, BostonGlobe.com, "Taliban say differences resolved on US troop withdrawal," 6 Aug. 2019 Jon Gray‘s pain turned into exasperation following the Rockies’ 3-2 loss to the Nationals in Game 1 of Wednesday’s doubleheader. Jeff Bailey, The Denver Post, "Rockies Insider: The five most disappointing individual performances in Colorado’s underachieving season," 25 July 2019 Po-lam said, with more than a hint of exasperation in her voice. Laurel Chor, National Geographic, "Wild boars make a home amid Hong Kong’s high rises and highways," 2 Apr. 2019 Labour craves a national election, despite the risk that voters could decide to punish all politicians amid exasperation over the Brexit debacle. Jill Lawless, The Seattle Times, "Shame, sadness in UK as Brexit reveals Parliament’s flaws," 14 Apr. 2019 The love of my life was working in DC, and exasperation with the ever-worsening A train commute plus a desire to shed some stuff—and therefore be amenable to potential major life changes, including future moves—led me to Orchard Street. Kelsey Keith, Curbed, "From NYC to DC, 14 years of apartments," 5 July 2019

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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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