- Smith's erratic behaviour exasperated himinfuriate, incense, anger, annoy, irritate, madden, enrage, send into a rage, inflame, antagonize, provoke, irk, vex, gall, pique, try someone's patience, get on someone's nerves, make someone's blood boil, make someone's hackles rise, make someone see red, get someone's back up, rub up the wrong way, ruffle someone's feathers, drive to distractionSmith's erratic behaviour exasperated him• informal aggravate, drive mad, drive crazy, bug, needle, rile, miff, hack off, get to, get at, get up someone's nose, get under someone's skin, put someone's nose out of joint, get someone's goat, give someone the hump, rattle someone's cage, get someone's dander up• rare exacerbate, hump, rasp[Antonyms] please delight
exasperate or exacerbate?These words may be confused on account of their similar sound; but their meanings are different. Exasperate means ‘irritate intensely’ ( his colleague's erratic behaviour exasperated him ). Exacerbate, on the other hand, means ‘make (an existing problem) worse’ ( anaemia may be exacerbated by some medicines ). Someone's late arrival may exasperate his colleagues, and this in turn may exacerbate the tension between them.