[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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Examples from the Web for exasperatedly
"For Heaven's sake, don't shout it," Miss Georgie interrupted, exasperatedly.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
He was exasperatedly conscious that he could not quite have sworn to him.In Connection with the De Willoughby Claim
Frances Hodgson Burnett
"But you don't understand," insisted Pauline, exasperatedly.The Adventures of a Widow
It plays itself out quite consistently on the plane of her general, her instinctive, her exasperatedly conscious ones.Lady Barbarina
- 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
Word Origin and History for exasperatedly
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