Definition of frustration in English:

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Pronunciation: /frʌˈstreɪʃn/


[mass noun]
1The feeling of being upset or annoyed as a result of being unable to change or achieve something: tears of frustration rolled down her cheeks
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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, bitterness, resentment;
disappointment, discouragement, disheartenment, dispiritedness, depression, dissatisfaction, discontentment, discontent
informal aggravation
1.1 [count noun] An event or circumstance that causes one to feel frustrated: 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.
2The prevention of the progress, success, or fulfilment 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, foiling, blocking, stopping, countering, spoiling, checking, baulking, circumvention, forestalling, dashing, scotching, quashing, crushing;
disappointment, derailment, baffling, snookering;
obstruction, hampering, hindering, stifling, crippling;
failure, collapse, foundering, lack of success, non-success
British informal scuppering


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

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