Definition of frustration in English:


Line breaks: frus|tra¦tion
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.


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

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