Definition of frustration in English:

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Pronunciation: /frəˈstrāSH(ə)n/


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.
exasperation, annoyance, anger, vexation, irritation;
disappointment, dissatisfaction, discontentment, discontent
informal aggravation
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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Syllabification: frus·tra·tion

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