- 1The feeling of being upset or annoyed as a result of being unable to change or achieve something: tears of frustration rolled down her cheeksMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1 [count noun] An event or circumstance that causes one to feel frustrated: the inherent frustrations of assembly line workMore example sentences
- 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 wishesMore example sentences
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-successBritish • informal scuppering
- 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.
mid 16th century: from Latin frustratio(n-), from frustrare 'disappoint' (see frustrate).