infuriating

adjective

in·​fu·​ri·​at·​ing in-ˈfyu̇r-ē-ˌā-tiŋ How to pronounce infuriating (audio)
: causing feelings of extreme anger
an infuriating delay
infuriating arrogance
Oakes was entitled to a certain amount of gloating, but there could be no doubt that his way of telling a story was downright infuriating.P. G. Wodehouse
Always provocative, sometimes infuriating, this collection reminds us that the purpose of art is not to confirm and coddle but to provoke and confront.Jill Nelson
"I'm not obliged to love you," he says, his eyes glittering coldly with an infuriating lack of passion.Lisa Schwarzbaum
He has an infuriating (and admirable) disregard for what people think of him.Cynthia Crossen
infuriatingly adverb
an infuriatingly slow process
A true college town can be infuriatingly insular. Peter Fish

Examples of infuriating in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1702, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of infuriating was in 1702

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“Infuriating.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/infuriating. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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