Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

Fall Head Over Heels...

exasperation

[ig-zas-puh-rey-shuh n] /ɪgˌzæs pəˈreɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
an act or instance of exasperating; provocation.
2.
the state of being exasperated; irritation; extreme annoyance:
Her exasperation at being interrupted was understandable.
Origin of exasperation
1540-1550
1540-50; < Latin exasperātiōn- (stem of exasperātiō) roughness, bitterness. See exasperate, -ion
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for exasperation
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • exasperation was too much developed at this point to permit of blowing off steam in the form of sarcastic remark.

    The Big Otter R.M. Ballantyne
  • There is in them a note of exasperation which I would have wished to remove if I could.

    Appearances Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
  • His uneasiness, his exasperation, his scorn were blunted at last by all these trying hours.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • "Yehudi is already at the door," she said, and made a face of exasperation.

    Eight Keys to Eden Mark Irvin Clifton
  • But this impersonal method of knocking the ground from under his feet goaded him to exasperation.

Word Origin and History for exasperation
n.

1540s, from Latin exasperationem (nominative exasperatio), noun of action from past participle stem of exasperare (see exasperate).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for exasperation

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for exasperation

21
23
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for exasperation