Definition of exasperate in English:

exasperate

Syllabification: ex·as·per·ate
Pronunciation: /igˈzaspəˌrāt
 
/

verb

[with object]

Derivatives

exasperatedly

adverb
More example sentences
  • I exasperatedly remarked that they were a perfect match, they were both aesthetically hideous with horrifically competitive personalities to match.
  • The Russians rather exasperatedly denied the story.
  • I woke up in the middle of the night with tormentably aching arms and the last threads of a dream in which K had exasperatedly told me to stop blogging.

Origin

mid 16th century: from Latin exasperat- 'irritated to anger', from the verb exasperare (based on asper 'rough').

Usage

The verbs exasperate and exacerbate are sometimes confused. Exasperate, the more common of the two, means ‘irritate or annoy to an extreme degree’ ( He calls me three times a day asking for money. It’s exasperating! ). Exacerbate means ‘increase the bitterness or severity of’ ( the star shortstop’s loud self-congratulations only exacerbated his teammates' resentment ).

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