[verb ig-zas-puh-reyt; adjective ig-zas-per-it]
- 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.).
- Botany. rough; covered with hard, projecting points, as a leaf.
Origin of exasperate
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1. incense, anger, vex, inflame, infuriate. 2. exacerbate.
1. See irritate.
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Just then a warrior forced his way into the exasperated crowd.The Last of the Mohicans
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She had shut the door, and entered, exasperated anew by the rising wind.Tiverton Tales
"I wish I was sure," declared the fat adventurer, exasperated.The Black Bag
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- to cause great irritation or anger to; infuriate
- to cause (an unpleasant feeling, condition, etc) to worsen; aggravate
- botany having a rough prickly surface because of the presence of hard projecting points
C16: from Latin exasperāre to make rough, from asper rough
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Word Origin and History for exasperated
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