- 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.
- to become frustrated: His trouble is that he frustrates much too easily.
- Obsolete. frustrated.
Origin of frustrate
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Examples from the Web for frustratingly
Most frustratingly for the school chancellor, this made it all but impossible to fire terrible teachers.Your Local School Doesn’t Have to Suck
Michael S. Roth
December 17, 2014
Data are much better for Europe and Latin America, and frustratingly uneven for Africa and much of Asia.It Gets Better—but Mostly if You Live in a Rich, Democratic Country
November 11, 2014
She appeared at his side, impish smile in place, dutiful, fragrantly rather than ferociously sexy, and—frustratingly—an adjunct.How Can Katie Holmes Escape Tom Cruise—and ‘Dawson’s Creek’?
October 30, 2014
The schizo CIA agent is back for more drone warfare and spycraft—this time, sans Brody and his frustratingly emo daughter.‘Homeland’ Season 4: A Stripped-Down and Surprisingly Badass Return to Form
September 30, 2014
That said, his answers to a number of questions were frustratingly slippery.Mac Is Back
September 2, 2009
- to hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of; thwart
- to upset, agitate, or tireher constant complaints began to frustrate him
- archaic frustrated or thwarted; baffled
Word Origin and History for frustratingly
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.