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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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  • There was frustration and anger in his face, and it hid the fear beneath it like a mask.

    A Gift For Terra Fox B. Holden
  • His grandfather had often discussed this frustration in human life.

    The Pirates of Ersatz Murray Leinster
  • In an agony of frustration, Bennett saw the flesh of her forehead remain clear and undisturbed.

    Wheels Within Charles V. De Vet
  • He felt, of course, the mockery of this frustration of his powers.

    Waiting for Daylight Henry Major Tomlinson
  • At the end of a day in which he had written nothing new, he went to bed with a sense of frustration, of failure and emptiness.

    The House by the River A. P. Herbert
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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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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