[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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Jackson ultimately abided by his contract, but Vitale remembered publishing the book as an exasperating experience.When Jackie Met Jacko
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Then the exasperating remembrance, with its cruel irony, returned to him.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
The idea that Rose might lose her beauty was exasperating him.
Very well, so much the better; the woman has been exasperating me!
Another who troubled her, who persisted in living with exasperating obstinacy!Doctor Pascal
Into the details of this exasperating task we cannot here enter.Benjamin Franklin
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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 exasperating
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