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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
1540-1550
1540-50; < Latin exasperātiōn- (stem of exasperātiō) roughness, bitterness. See exasperate, -ion
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Examples from the web for exasperation
  • In exasperation he took off his own hat and flung it to the ground.
  • There's a sort of easygoing tolerance of others, but it's often spiked with insult and exasperation.
  • The reason for my exasperation is that I do not believe the current job system can ever lend itself to statistical analysis.
  • Adriana threw up her hands in exasperation.
  • You'll get there if you curb your exasperation.
  • In this moment of exasperation, I had an epiphany.
  • Time and exasperation take their toll on your quality of life.
  • Close aides express exasperation at how long he takes to make up his mind.
  • No one waited in impatient exasperation for her to take on her duties again.
  • Yet his wonderment and exasperation at what he reads is palpable.
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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