Definition of frustration in English:


Syllabification: frus·tra·tion
Pronunciation: /frəˈstrāSHən


  • 1The feeling of being upset or annoyed, especially because of inability to change or achieve something: I sometimes feel like screaming with frustration
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    • When he was substituted, the TV cameras even witnessed him kicking out at the dug-out in frustration.
    • Some Russian media are speculating that military officers are resigning in frustration.
    • One of the little boys kicked in frustration at one of the two perimeter fences that separated him from his father.
  • 1.1An event or circumstance that causes one to have a feeling of frustration: the inherent frustrations of assembly line work
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    • Her eyes became pregnant with tears as all of the days frustrations collapsed into a final heap of emotions.
    • A Wakefield Council spokeswoman said it shared the frustrations of landowners but it was powerless to act.
    • On the other hand, dispatching the form electronically will at least overcome such petty frustrations.
  • 1.2The prevention of the progress, success, or fulfillment of something: the frustration of their wishes
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    • Congenital retardation seems to doom many of the retarded individual's interests to frustration.
    • Consequently, I wanted to avoid the frustration of the country's restrictive speed limits.
    thwarting, defeat, prevention, foiling, blocking, spoiling, circumvention, forestalling, disappointment, derailment; obstruction, hampering, hindering; failure, collapse


mid 16th century: from Latin frustratio(n-), from frustrare 'disappoint' (see frustrate).

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