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[fruhs-treyt] /ˈfrʌs treɪt/
verb (used with object), frustrated, frustrating.
to make (plans, efforts, etc.) worthless or of no avail; defeat; nullify:
The student's indifference frustrated the teacher's efforts to help him.
to disappoint or thwart (a person):
a talented woman whom life had frustrated.
verb (used without object), frustrated, frustrating.
to become frustrated:
His trouble is that he frustrates much too easily.
Obsolete. frustrated.
Origin of frustrate
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin frustrātus, past participle of frustrārī, verbal derivative of frustrā in vain
Related forms
frustrater, noun
frustratingly, adverb
[fruhs-trey-tiv, -truh-] /ˈfrʌs treɪ tɪv, -trə-/ (Show IPA),
refrustrate, verb (used with object), refrustrated, refrustrating.
1. balk, foil, circumvent. See thwart. Unabridged
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  • You would help these men to hunt me and frustrate me in my designs!

    Dracula Bram Stoker
  • And now is the time to frustrate their (the Indians) intentions, and keep the country while we are in it.

    Daniel Boone John S. C. Abbott
  • He also,” added Mr. Wapshot, “vented his malignant slander against me; but Heaven was pleased to frustrate his base schemes.

    The History of Samuel Titmarsh William Makepeace Thackeray
  • But there was always a Great Power to frustrate these designs.

  • I also determined to frustrate this attempt to exclude the Allies from participation, and gave the order to my own men to move.

British Dictionary definitions for frustrate


verb (transitive)
to hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of; thwart
to upset, agitate, or tire: her constant complaints began to frustrate him
(archaic) frustrated or thwarted; baffled
Derived Forms
frustrater, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin frustrāre to cheat, from frustrā in error
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Word Origin and History for frustrate

mid-15c., from Latin frustratus, past participle of frustrari "to deceive, disappoint, frustrate," from frustra (adv.) "in vain, in error," related to fraus "injury, harm" (see fraud). Related: Frustrated; frustrating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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