Definition of frustrated in English:

frustrated

adjective

  • 1Feeling or expressing distress and annoyance resulting from an inability to change or achieve something.

    ‘young people get frustrated with the system’
    • ‘I joined the flow of talented, frustrated people streaming for the doors.’
    • ‘And people are displaced, they're scared, they're frustrated, they have lost loved ones.’
    • ‘I looked at it as frustrated people taking out their frustrations on whatever got in their way.’
    • ‘I often found it difficult to bust my moves, and I was frustrated to see how many people were just standing around taking up space.’
    • ‘Working-class people are frustrated because they can't make as much money as they want.’
    • ‘Many people are understandably frustrated that we have yet to convert this warmonger's biggest crisis into his downfall.’
    • ‘These people are frustrated, they are hungry, they're trying to get to higher ground.’
    • ‘You're frustrated by his repeated failure to accurately use and understand the existing definitions of words.’
    • ‘An untrained dog is as unhappy as the frustrated owner.’
    • ‘I do not know whether there is a process whereby that very frustrated person can bring his case.’
    • ‘He and others were frustrated by the inability to move the US government toward that objective.’
    • ‘Cassie is also frustrated by the lack of treatments available to her.’
    • ‘Personally, I am frustrated by the knowledge that I cannot demand more of some of my colleagues.’
    • ‘I was faced with frustrated people who watched their favorite notions and practitioners of spiritualism go down in flames.’
    • ‘Getting it on the spot is another thing, but essentially that is their strength, and he is frustrated that not many people understand what is a simple truth.’
    • ‘I have always felt frustrated by this fact.’
    • ‘They are driving a frustrated people to desperation.’
    • ‘He said that Ian's family was frustrated by the delay in reaching a decision.’
    • ‘I'm just frustrated that I'm a fairly competent person who doesn't seem able to get a job, and then there's a bunch of people at this firm getting paid to, er, whatever it is they do.’
    • ‘Louisiana citizens are rightly frustrated and concerned so I want our people to know that I am creating the Family Recovery Corps.’
    saddened, upset, let down, disheartened, downhearted, cast down, downcast, depressed, dispirited, discouraged, despondent, dismayed, crestfallen, distressed, chagrined
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    1. 1.1 Unfulfilled sexually.
      ‘jealousies and frustrated passions’
      • ‘I had one frustrated sexual attraction with a guy on the football team who was also sexually confused.’
      • ‘His philosophy is a peculiar and wholly subjective patchwork of frustrated sexual fantasies, zany misanthropy, and 1960s hippy-dippy iconoclasm.’
      • ‘She answered easily her hands reaching behind her to scratch her neck with the unconscious mind that if she kept up all her actions she'd make him frustrated in a sexual manner.’
      • ‘Desperately sexually frustrated and determined to get a man, any man, she has been continually turned down or ditched after a one-night stand.’
      • ‘She had grown frustrated and indulged in passion with the wrong people.’
      • ‘Other fake explanations have centred on a supposed frustrated desire for sexual gratification, which entry into paradise will apparently fulfil.’
      • ‘Sexually frustrated, trapped and tired: doesn't this describe a good bit of Modern Lovers?’
      • ‘Frannie is an English teacher - sexually frustrated and lonely.’
      • ‘No doubt her sexuality is often frustrated, as she seems to live alone, but frustration and repression are entirely different things.’
      • ‘It's already been two weeks since I last ejaculated, and I am really sexually frustrated.’
      • ‘He'd been sexually frustrated, and having to dance for horny middle-aged women wasn't helping.’
      • ‘You've gotten her so sexually frustrated that she was bound to do SOMETHING about it… or someone.’
      • ‘He was thoroughly confused and sexually frustrated.’
      • ‘He says this took place before we were married or even met, but since we have been together, he has not needed to do this unless he was extremely sexually frustrated.’
      • ‘But the downside will be societies with large numbers of sexually frustrated males and that could cause everything from internal unrest to wars.’
      • ‘Of course there was more to the weekend than Guinness and sexually frustrated legal professionals, but not much more.’
      • ‘And I would rather not live with a sexually frustrated foot fetisher, you know?’
      • ‘Consider it a hip-hop equivalent of sexually frustrated, adolescent foreplay.’
      • ‘Another of the negative elements of the image of Elizabeth had a longer legacy, and this is the suggestion that her unmarried state made her sexually frustrated and jealous of married women.’
      • ‘I find that the guys in this city are pent-up and sexually frustrated.’
      discontented, malcontent, unsatisfied, disappointed, disaffected, disquieted, unhappy
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  • 2attributive (of a person) unable to follow or be successful in a particular career.

    ‘a frustrated actor’
    • ‘Is it possible that he is a frustrated actor who consequently feels the need to criticise anyone with manifest abilities in this field?’
    • ‘The list of actors moonlighting as frustrated musicians is not a short one.’
    • ‘He admitted years later that the frustrated actor had convincingly pitched himself.’
    • ‘He is a frustrated writer stuck in a dead-end job working with people he can barely stand for an uncle he can barely stomach.’
    • ‘And he kind of got out here and he looked around, and he was a little bit of a frustrated actor.’
    • ‘Many of the BAFTA members are frustrated writers, performers or directors and they are similarly unable to contain their bitterness.’
    • ‘Have I successfully painted my self-indulgent portrait of a frustrated artist yet?’
    • ‘Most lawyers are frustrated writers, actors, comedians or performers of some bent or another.’
    • ‘Let's face it, most lawyers are frustrated actors, so it's not surprising that Law Week is packed full of performance opportunities.’
    • ‘I have always thought that movie critics are frustrated actors & actresses who have neither the talent nor the dedication to become a great actor.’
    lovesick, unrequited in love, crossed in love
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    1. 2.1 Prevented from progressing, succeeding, or being fulfilled.
      ‘years of frustrated attempts to regain control of the site’
      • ‘The survey results were presented on upright cards in a grid on the gallery floor, creating a schematic suburb of frustrated dreams.’
      • ‘We share, you know, common failures and common success and common hopes and dreams and frustrated dreams, on occasion.’
      • ‘His failure is further underscored by his frustrated attempt to write a book about his experiences in Spain.’
      • ‘Beyond the locked door, in another time-frame, his family live out frustrated dreams, hidden secrets and lies.’
      • ‘Episodes focussed on English language classes taken by Mr Brown, and involved his frustrated attempts to teach a class of diverse foreign students.’
      • ‘In his situation I imagined I would feel angry at lost years and frustrated dreams.’
      • ‘I didn't want to rain on his parade, so I kept my mouth shut about my frustrated dream of becoming a marine biologist.’
      • ‘After several frustrated attempts at demanding the right to practice my fatherhood, I gave up.’
      • ‘It also implies a sense of tranquil arrival for two people tired of the dreams, the frustrated expectations, and the long search for a loving spouse.’

Pronunciation

frustrated

/frʌˈstreɪtɪd/