frus·​trat·​ed | \ ˈfrə-ˌstrā-təd How to pronounce frustrated (audio) \

Definition of frustrated

: feeling, showing, or characterized by frustration: such as:
a : feeling discouragement, anger, and annoyance because of unresolved problems or unfulfilled goals, desires, or needs In fact Harry thought his behavior had been very good considering how frustrated and angry he felt at being stuck in Privet Drive this long …— J. K. Rowling
b : having an ambition that has not been realized a frustrated actor [=a person who wants to be an actor but has not succeeded in becoming one] Over the past decade, however, advances in digital printing technologies have brought the costs of publication down and paved the way for thousands of frustrated writers to get their work into print.— Robert K. J. Killheffer

First Known Use of frustrated

circa 1643, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of frustrated was circa 1643

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English Language Learners Definition of frustrated

: very angry, discouraged, or upset because of being unable to do or complete something
: trying to do something or gain a skill but not successful



Medical Definition of frustrated

: filled with a sense of frustration : feeling deep insecurity, discouragement, or dissatisfaction learned not to resort to aggressiveness when frustrated— Ashley Montagu

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of or relating to a parable or parabola

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