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frustrated

[fruhs-trey-tid]
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adjective
  1. disappointed; thwarted: an announcer who was a frustrated actor.
  2. having a feeling of or filled with frustration; dissatisfied: His unresolved difficulty left him absolutely frustrated.
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Origin of frustrated

First recorded in 1635–45; frustrate + -ed2
Related formsun·frus·trat·ed, adjective

frustrate

[fruhs-treyt]
verb (used with object), frus·trat·ed, frus·trat·ing.
  1. to make (plans, efforts, etc.) worthless or of no avail; defeat; nullify: The student's indifference frustrated the teacher's efforts to help him.
  2. to disappoint or thwart (a person): a talented woman whom life had frustrated.
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verb (used without object), frus·trat·ed, frus·trat·ing.
  1. to become frustrated: His trouble is that he frustrates much too easily.
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adjective
  1. Obsolete. frustrated.
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Origin of frustrate

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin frustrātus, past participle of frustrārī, verbal derivative of frustrā in vain
Related formsfrus·trat·er, nounfrus·trat·ing·ly, adverbfrus·tra·tive [fruhs-trey-tiv, -truh-] /ˈfrʌs treɪ tɪv, -trə-/, adjectivere·frus·trate, verb (used with object), re·frus·trat·ed, re·frus·trat·ing.

Synonyms

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1. balk, foil, circumvent. See thwart.
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Examples from the Web for frustrated

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Historical Examples

  • But the attempt was frustrated, and Eion at least was saved to Athens.

  • Nelson, who was appointed to superintend the evacuation, frustrated these projects.

  • The eyes into which she looked both helped her and frustrated her.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • Vere and the young man himself had frustrated her, she thought.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • Calhoun had definite plans, now, but there were so many ways in which they could be frustrated!

    Pariah Planet

    Murray Leinster


British Dictionary definitions for frustrated

frustrated

adjective
  1. having feelings of dissatisfaction or lack of fulfilment
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frustrate

verb (tr)
  1. to hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of; thwart
  2. to upset, agitate, or tireher constant complaints began to frustrate him
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adjective
  1. archaic frustrated or thwarted; baffled
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Derived Formsfrustrater, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Latin frustrāre to cheat, from frustrā in error
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Word Origin and History for frustrated

adj.

"disappointed," 1640s, past participle adjective from frustrate.

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frustrate

v.

mid-15c., from Latin frustratus, past participle of frustrari "to deceive, disappoint, frustrate," from frustra (adv.) "in vain, in error," related to fraus "injury, harm" (see fraud). Related: Frustrated; frustrating.

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