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.
- non·frus·tra·tion, noun
- o·ver·frus·tra·tion, noun
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How to use frustration in a sentence
Those who were laid off cried, slammed doors, and shouted in frustration.What if Your Company Had No Rules? (Bonus Episode) | Maria Konnikova | September 12, 2020 | Freakonomics
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Nathan Johnson, a representative from TruConnect and a panelist on the town hall, expressed his ongoing frustrations with the California Public Utilities Commission.Sacramento Report: Bipartisan Support for a Special Session | Sara Libby | September 11, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
“And that was the start of my frustration,” said Cañestro, a professor of genetics, microbiology and statistics at the University of Barcelona and a group leader at its Institute for Research on Biodiversity.By Losing Genes, Life Often Evolved More Complexity | Viviane Callier | September 1, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
The employees’ frustrations are not only aimed at the leaders atop their companies but also those overseeing individual departments.‘Feels very much lip service’: Media employees agitate over companies’ inaction following diversity and inclusion pledges | Tim Peterson | August 31, 2020 | Digiday
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.
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? | Clive Irving | January 4, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
My survival no longer offers the time, but to see others expressing frustration they can barely put into words is helpful.
He also posted the results of the interactions that usually ended in frustration, but on rare successes, began with “DATE!”
Cook walked more slowly than most, stopping to engage with passersby who expressed their own frustration and support.
Smoke, whiskey, good music—they washed his mind clean of worry and frustration; he drifted off in a mist of unformed dreams.Security | Poul William Anderson
"He died of frustration—or sorrow—over having killed the wrong man," Taylor said grimly.The Whispering Spheres | Russell Robert Winterbotham
They became silent under Emil's gaze of acute pathos—human life aware of its present frustration.The Wrong Twin | Harry Leon Wilson
This frustration of Lincoln's ambition had a marked effect on his political views.Abraham Lincoln, Volume 2 (of 2) | William H. Herndon
John Marshall Glenarm had explicitly provided against any such frustration of his plans.The House of a Thousand Candles | Meredith Nicholson
British Dictionary definitions for frustration
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
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