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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
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  • 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
  • He repeated the words with a grimace of exasperation: "My name!"

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • His uneasiness, his exasperation, his scorn were blunted at last by all these trying hours.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • Beauchene clenched his fists and raised his arms in exasperation.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • 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).

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