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frustrated

[fruhs-trey-tid] /ˈfrʌs treɪ tɪd/
adjective
1.
disappointed; thwarted:
an announcer who was a frustrated actor.
2.
having a feeling of or filled with frustration; dissatisfied:
His unresolved difficulty left him absolutely frustrated.
Origin of frustrated
1635-1645
First recorded in 1635-45; frustrate + -ed2
Related forms
unfrustrated, adjective

frustrate

[fruhs-treyt] /ˈfrʌs treɪt/
verb (used with object), frustrated, frustrating.
1.
to make (plans, efforts, etc.) worthless or of no avail; defeat; nullify:
The student's indifference frustrated the teacher's efforts to help him.
2.
to disappoint or thwart (a person):
a talented woman whom life had frustrated.
verb (used without object), frustrated, frustrating.
3.
to become frustrated:
His trouble is that he frustrates much too easily.
adjective
4.
Obsolete. frustrated.
Origin
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin frustrātus, past participle of frustrārī, verbal derivative of frustrā in vain
Related forms
frustrater, noun
frustratingly, adverb
frustrative
[fruhs-trey-tiv, -truh-] /ˈfrʌs treɪ tɪv, -trə-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
refrustrate, verb (used with object), refrustrated, refrustrating.
Synonyms
1. balk, foil, circumvent. See thwart.
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  • But the attempt was frustrated, and Eion at least was saved to Athens.

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  • The eyes into which she looked both helped her and frustrated her.

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  • Vere and the young man himself had frustrated her, she thought.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • I've been out here wishing I could sleep, because I'm frustrated.

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British Dictionary definitions for frustrated

frustrated

/frʌˈstreɪtɪd/
adjective
1.
having feelings of dissatisfaction or lack of fulfilment

frustrate

/frʌˈstreɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of; thwart
2.
to upset, agitate, or tire: her constant complaints began to frustrate him
adjective
3.
(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 frustrated
adj.

"disappointed," 1640s, past participle adjective from frustrate.

frustrate

v.

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.

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