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exasperate

[ ig-zas-puh-reyt ]
/ ɪgˈzæs pəˌreɪt /
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verb (used with object), ex·as·per·at·ed, ex·as·per·at·ing.

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.).

adjective

Botany. rough; covered with hard, projecting points, as a leaf.

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Origin of exasperate

First recorded in 1525–35; from Latin exasperātus (past participle of exasperāre “to make rough, provoke”), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + asper “harsh, rough” + -ātus -ate1

synonym study for exasperate

1. See irritate.

OTHER WORDS FROM exasperate

ex·as·per·at·er, nounex·as·per·at·ing·ly, adverbun·ex·as·per·at·ing, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH exasperate

exacerbate, exasperate
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British Dictionary definitions for exasperate

exasperate
/ (ɪɡˈzɑːspəˌreɪt) /

verb (tr)

to cause great irritation or anger to; infuriate
to cause (an unpleasant feeling, condition, etc) to worsen; aggravate

adjective

botany having a rough prickly surface because of the presence of hard projecting points

Derived forms of exasperate

Word Origin for exasperate

C16: from Latin exasperāre to make rough, from asper rough
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