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[verb ig-zas-puh-reyt; adjective ig-zas-per-it] /verb ɪgˈzæs pəˌreɪt; adjective ɪgˈzæs pər ɪt/
verb (used with object), exasperated, exasperating.
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
1525-35; < Latin exasperātus (past participle of exasperāre to make rough, provoke), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + asper harsh, rough + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
exasperatedly, adverb
exasperater, noun
exasperatingly, adverb
unexasperated, adjective
unexasperating, adjective
Can be confused
exacerbate, exasperate.
1. incense, anger, vex, inflame, infuriate. 2. exacerbate.
Synonym Study
1. See irritate. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He moved with a celerity that amazed me, when I remembered how exasperatingly slow he could be, fooling with kites.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • Sybil was smiling mysteriously and exasperatingly to herself.

    The Education of Eric Lane Stephen McKenna
  • Over all hung the palpitating skies, eternally and exasperatingly blue, a-quiver with light and heat.

    Bunch Grass Horace Annesley Vachell
  • On this occasion Robin had been exasperatingly self-contained.

    The Right Stuff Ian Hay
  • Growing distrust of a brilliant and exasperatingly Celestial Ministry determined the course of my later years in Parliament.

    Sonia Between two Worlds Stephen McKenna
  • How exasperatingly slow it was: how indifferent it seemed to her happiness!

    The Mask Arthur Hornblow
  • You've been exasperatingly conservative with your time lately!

    From the Valley of the Missing Grace Miller White
  • And all the while, she was so exasperatingly natural and innocent.

    John Marvel, Assistant Thomas Nelson Page
  • Commissioner Lin, still with that exasperatingly thorough air, mixed the masses of opium with lime and emptied it into the sea.

    Drugging a Nation Samuel Merwin
  • They are awfully tame and exasperatingly free from incident.

    By Right of Conquest Arthur Hornblow
British Dictionary definitions for exasperatingly


verb (transitive)
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
Derived Forms
exasperatedly, adverb
exasperater, noun
exasperating, adjective
exasperatingly, adverb
exasperation, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin exasperāre to make rough, from asper rough
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for exasperatingly



1530s, from Latin exasperatus, past participle of exasperare "roughen, irritate, provoke," from ex- "thoroughly" (see ex-) + asper "rough" (see asperity). Related: Exasperated; exasperating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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