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exasperation

[ig-zas-puh-rey-shuh n]
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noun
  1. an act or instance of exasperating; provocation.
  2. the state of being exasperated; irritation; extreme annoyance: Her exasperation at being interrupted was understandable.
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Origin of exasperation

1540–50; < Latin exasperātiōn- (stem of exasperātiō) roughness, bitterness. See exasperate, -ion
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  • He repeated the words with a grimace of exasperation: "My name!"

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • After that Marian's thought was confused to the point of exasperation.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • These words brought Pierre's disquietude and exasperation to a climax.

  • Probably then you will dance the war-dance of exasperation on its dismembered remains.

    The Forest

    Stewart Edward White

  • The Bald-faced Kid was beginning to show signs of exasperation.

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan


Word Origin and History for exasperation

n.

1540s, from Latin exasperationem (nominative exasperatio), noun of action from past participle stem of exasperare (see exasperate).

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