[ fruh-strey-shuhn ]
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  1. act of frustrating; state of being frustrated: the frustration of the president's efforts.

  2. an instance of being frustrated: to experience a series of frustrations before completing a project.

  1. something that frustrates, as an unresolved problem.

  2. a feeling of dissatisfaction, often accompanied by anxiety or depression, resulting from unfulfilled needs or unresolved problems.

Origin of frustration

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English frustracioun, from Latin frustrātiōn-, stem of frustrātiō “deception, disappointment”; equivalent to frustrate + -ion

Other words from frustration

  • non·frus·tra·tion, noun
  • o·ver·frus·tra·tion, noun

Words Nearby frustration Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use frustration in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for frustration


/ (frʌˈstreɪʃən) /

  1. the condition of being frustrated

  2. something that frustrates

  1. psychol

    • the prevention or hindering of a potentially satisfying activity

    • the emotional reaction to such prevention that may involve aggression

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