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exasperate

[ ig-zas-puh-reyt ]
/ 瑟g藞z忙s p蓹藢re瑟t /
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verb (used with object), ex路as路per路at路ed, ex路as路per路at路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鈥35; from Latin exasper膩tus (past participle of exasper膩re 鈥渢o make rough, provoke鈥), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + asper 鈥渉arsh, rough鈥 + -膩tus -ate1

synonym study for exasperate

1. See irritate.

OTHER WORDS FROM exasperate

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH exasperate

exacerbate, exasperate
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British Dictionary definitions for exasperate

exasperate
/ (瑟伞藞z蓱藧sp蓹藢re瑟t) /

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 exasper膩re to make rough, from asper rough
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