[verb ig-zas-puh-reyt; adjective ig-zas-per-it]
- to irritate or provoke to a high degree; annoy extremely: He was exasperated by the senseless delays.
- Archaic. to increase the intensity or violence of (disease, pain, feelings, etc.).
- Botany. rough; covered with hard, projecting points, as a leaf.
Origin of exasperate
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1. incense, anger, vex, inflame, infuriate. 2. exacerbate.
1. See irritate.
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Examples from the Web for exasperate
Rather submit to anything than exasperate his enemies; so she rose, with an effort.The False Chevalier
William Douw Lighthall
Erasmus wished to please the Pope and not exasperate Luther.Short Studies on Great Subjects
James Anthony Froude
It would not subdue the savages; it would only exasperate them.
The effect of this dialogue on the listener was not to melt, but exasperate her.
Bendel would shrug his shoulders, grin, and exasperate his wife.Original Short Stories, Volume 8 (of 13)
Guy de Maupassant
- to cause great irritation or anger to; infuriate
- to cause (an unpleasant feeling, condition, etc) to worsen; aggravate
- botany having a rough prickly surface because of the presence of hard projecting points
C16: from Latin exasperāre to make rough, from asper rough
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