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[fruh-strey-shuh n] /frʌˈstreɪ ʃən/
act of frustrating; state of being frustrated:
the frustration of the president's efforts.
an instance of being frustrated:
to experience a series of frustrations before completing a project.
something that frustrates, as an unresolved problem.
a feeling of dissatisfaction, often accompanied by anxiety or depression, resulting from unfulfilled needs or unresolved problems.
Origin of frustration
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English frustracioun < Latin frustrātiōn- (stem of frustrātiō) deception, disappointment. See frustrate, -ion
Related forms
nonfrustration, noun
overfrustration, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for frustration
  • Maybe that's a natural response to the insecurity, frustration, and disappointment that the job market produces.
  • In the absence of someone specific to blame, the frustration simply builds.
  • The government's frustration with the stubborn re-offending rate may be misplaced.
  • In a beagle, that frustration comes out in an excessive amount of howling and sniffing.
  • Some people are able to control anger or frustration and channel these feelings to nondestructive outlets.
  • Much to the frustration of paleontologists, fossils are big business.
  • The typical office copy machine is a modern-day wonder, but it can also be a source of considerable frustration.
  • People were desperate to get gas, and there was a lot of anger and frustration.
  • People with depression encounter a lot of pharmaceutical frustration.
  • Finding the right pictures can be a lifework of frustration and triumph.
British Dictionary definitions for frustration


the condition of being frustrated
something that frustrates
  1. the prevention or hindering of a potentially satisfying activity
  2. the emotional reaction to such prevention that may involve aggression
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Word Origin and History for frustration

"act of frustrating," 1550s, from Latin frustrationem (nominative frustratio) "a deception, a disappointment," noun of action from past participle stem of frustrari (see frustrate). Earlier (mid-15c.) with a sense of "nullification."

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frustration in Medicine

frustration frus·tra·tion (frŭ-strā'shən)

  1. The condition that results when an impulse or an action is thwarted by an external or an internal force.

  2. The blocking or thwarting of an impulse, purpose, or action.

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