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exasperate Line breaks: ex|as¦per|ate
Pronunciation: /ɪɡˈzasp(ə)reɪt/

Definition of exasperate in English:


[with object]
Irritate intensely; infuriate: this futile process exasperates prison officers
More example sentences
  • In contrast to his vigour and emotional buoyancy later in seeing off the so-called fuel blockade, this dark episode was equally to infuriate, exhaust and exasperate the First Minister.
  • Some supporters have grown exasperated by his inconsistent crossing.
  • It's always more complicated than that, as annoying people are known to say with exasperating regularity.


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.


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

  • Exasperate is from Latin exasperare ‘irritate to anger’, based on asper ‘rough’.

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