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[ fruh-strey-shuhn ]


  1. act of frustrating; state of being frustrated: frustrated:

    the frustration of the president's efforts.

  2. an instance of being frustrated: frustrated:

    to experience a series of frustrations before completing a project.

  3. something that frustrates, as an unresolved problem.
  4. a feeling of dissatisfaction, often accompanied by anxiety or depression, resulting from unfulfilled needs or unresolved problems.


/ frʌˈstreɪʃən /


  1. the condition of being frustrated
  2. something that frustrates
  3. psychol
    1. the prevention or hindering of a potentially satisfying activity
    2. the emotional reaction to such prevention that may involve aggression
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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Word History and Origins

Origin of frustration1

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

Those who were laid off cried, slammed doors, and shouted in frustration.

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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.

“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.

The employees’ frustrations are not only aimed at the leaders atop their companies but also those overseeing individual departments.

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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.”

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.

"He died of frustration—or sorrow—over having killed the wrong man," Taylor said grimly.

They became silent under Emil's gaze of acute pathos—human life aware of its present frustration.

This frustration of Lincoln's ambition had a marked effect on his political views.

John Marshall Glenarm had explicitly provided against any such frustration of his plans.