- act of frustrating; state of being frustrated: the frustration of the president's efforts.
- an instance of being frustrated: to experience a series of frustrations before completing a project.
- something that frustrates, as an unresolved problem.
- a feeling of dissatisfaction, often accompanied by anxiety or depression, resulting from unfulfilled needs or unresolved problems.
Origin of frustration
Related Words for frustrationannoyance, grievance, resentment, failure, irritation, dissatisfaction, blow, chagrin, disgruntlement, defeat, setback, contravention, letdown, obstruction, drag, circumvention, fizzle, bummer, hindrance, impediment
Examples from the Web for frustration
Contemporary Examples of frustration
That man was Xavier Cortada, a gay man who wrote of his frustration that he and his partner of eight years were unable to marry.Jeb Bush’s Unseen Anti-Gay Marriage Emails
January 9, 2015
After some animated debate at the conference, Lelaie declared, with some frustration, “If you push on the stick, you will fly.”Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly?
January 4, 2015
He also posted the results of the interactions that usually ended in frustration, but on rare successes, began with “DATE!”School Shooters Love This Pickup Artist Website
December 5, 2014
Cook walked more slowly than most, stopping to engage with passersby who expressed their own frustration and support.‘They Let Him Off?’ Scenes from NYC in Disbelief
December 4, 2014
Adding to the frustration is that it's rare that the police will be charged with a crime when they kill unarmed people.Arabs Are the Michael Browns of Israel
December 3, 2014
Historical Examples of frustration
His grandfather had often discussed this frustration in human life.The Pirates of Ersatz
He felt, of course, the mockery of this frustration of his powers.Waiting for Daylight
Henry Major Tomlinson
There was no frustration, no uncertainty in Gunderson's mind.Eight Keys to Eden
Mark Irvin Clifton
How was it they were always compensating for their frustration?Next Door, Next World
Robert Donald Locke
The frustration and the exposure of that plot has increased our reputation an hundredfold.The Loyalist
James Francis Barrett
- the condition of being frustrated
- something that frustrates
- the prevention or hindering of a potentially satisfying activity
- the emotional reaction to such prevention that may involve aggression
"act of frustrating," 1550s, from Latin frustrationem (nominative frustratio) "a deception, a disappointment," noun of action from past participle stem of frustrari (see frustrate). Earlier (mid-15c.) with a sense of "nullification."
- The condition that results when an impulse or an action is thwarted by an external or an internal force.
- The blocking or thwarting of an impulse, purpose, or action.