9 Grammatical Pitfalls


[v. ig-zas-puh-reyt; adj. ig-zas-per-it] /v. ɪgˈzæs pəˌreɪt; adj. ɪgˈzæs pər ɪt/
verb (used with object), exasperated, exasperating.
to irritate or provoke to a high degree; annoy extremely:
He was exasperated by the senseless delays.
Archaic. to increase the intensity or violence of (disease, pain, feelings, etc.).
Botany. rough; covered with hard, projecting points, as a leaf.
Origin of exasperate
1525-35; < Latin exasperātus (past participle of exasperāre to make rough, provoke), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + asper harsh, rough + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
exasperatedly, adverb
exasperater, noun
exasperatingly, adverb
unexasperated, adjective
unexasperating, adjective
Can be confused
exacerbate, exasperate.
1. incense, anger, vex, inflame, infuriate. See irritate. 2. exacerbate. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for exasperate
  • His love for the idealized church of the past, however, will exasperate some readers.
  • This sigh seemed to exasperate Nikolay still more.
  • That seemed to exasperate him, but he uttered not a syllable of complaint.
  • You exasperate me with your ignorance.
  • The continued use of a price ceiling will only exasperate the latter problem.
  • You know my hasty temper, and should not exasperate it.
  • His own crabbed sentences go far to exasperate even a reader who must needs respect his scholarship.
  • Increasing the nation's flock size will further exasperate producer profits by placing more eggs into commercial channels.
  • Limited growing regions where the climate is acceptable for apricot, further exasperate the situation.
  • We are aware of accesses changes in placements exasperate and alter the progress the students make when this occurs.
British Dictionary definitions for exasperate


verb (transitive)
to cause great irritation or anger to; infuriate
to cause (an unpleasant feeling, condition, etc) to worsen; aggravate
(botany) having a rough prickly surface because of the presence of hard projecting points
Derived Forms
exasperatedly, adverb
exasperater, noun
exasperating, adjective
exasperatingly, adverb
exasperation, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin exasperāre to make rough, from asper rough
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for exasperate

1530s, from Latin exasperatus, past participle of exasperare "roughen, irritate, provoke," from ex- "thoroughly" (see ex-) + asper "rough" (see asperity). Related: Exasperated; exasperating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for exasperate

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for exasperate

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with exasperate

Nearby words for exasperate