Definition of frustration in English:



  • 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’
    • ‘This party knows the depth of my commitment to the Middle East peace process and shares my frustration at the lack of progress.’
    • ‘We can feel the cops' growing frustration as they try to prevent a gang war, even going to illegal lengths to do so.’
    • ‘I understand the frustration of the police, who are trying to prevent a possible tragedy.’
    • ‘This frustration with the lack of ability to fulfill a certain role may lead to violence.’
    • ‘She's accustomed to quicker success, and her frustration is starting to show.’
    • ‘Even though you may experience success, you feel only frustration and hopelessness.’
    • ‘Some Russian media are speculating that military officers are resigning in frustration.’
    • ‘I managed to at least contain my frustration and prevented myself from bursting into a swearing fit.’
    • ‘The atmosphere is of barely restrained aggression and frustration.’
    • ‘One theory is that she may have refused to comply with his wishes, adding to his frustration.’
    • ‘One of the little boys kicked in frustration at one of the two perimeter fences that separated him from his father.’
    • ‘The best way to prevent frustration here in China is to manage you expectations.’
    • ‘When he was substituted, the TV cameras even witnessed him kicking out at the dug-out in frustration.’
    • ‘My sense is that they may be doing these awful things out of frustration.’
    • ‘Having lost her trail, the man gave a grunt of frustration and kicked the curb.’
    • ‘The stoicism that was largely a media-political construct is already turning to frustration.’
    • ‘But they all share a common trait - frustration at the obstacles put in the way of progress.’
    • ‘A college is aiming to take the frustration out of constructing that flat-pack furniture.’
    • ‘Along with the anger there is frustration at the powerlessness of people of good will to affect this tragic situation or to reverse the broader regional drift toward more war, internal strife, and injustice.’
    • ‘This approach, while successful in places, can lead to frustration if you are eager to hear the final answer.’
    exasperation, annoyance, anger, vexation, irritation, bitterness, resentment
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    1. 1.1[count noun]An event or circumstance that causes one to feel frustrated.
      ‘the inherent frustrations of assembly line work’
      • ‘A Wakefield Council spokeswoman said it shared the frustrations of landowners but it was powerless to act.’
      • ‘Coleman admitted poor defending for Aldershot's goals were the major frustrations.’
      • ‘That'd be a fantastic game, all the frustrations of village cricket recreated.’
      • ‘I'm so tired of the stresses and the frustrations and the confusion that's around.’
      • ‘But with the humour comes the sort of frustrations one faces if you have aspirations above your status.’
      • ‘One of his early frustrations was the way his youth was perceived by the public.’
      • ‘Her eyes became pregnant with tears as all of the days frustrations collapsed into a final heap of emotions.’
      • ‘Yet while joining the Cruise ship brought her new opportunities, it also had frustrations.’
      • ‘When frustrations have occurred, it's well worth getting to the source so that you can handle it once and for all.’
      • ‘Going with the frustrations of old age, he said there develops a degree of impatience.’
      • ‘Koeman dropped in for a chat and the Dutchman might have mentioned frustrations in the transfer market.’
      • ‘Those frustrations surely are enough to handle without also having to contend with the threat of violence.’
      • ‘Frank's in good spirits and is reading voraciously to overcome the frustrations of his recovery.’
      • ‘The recruiter will think the applicant too fragile to stand the frustrations of daily life.’
      • ‘Yesterday, they fully demonstrated the frustrations of resting in between these two extremes.’
      • ‘As well as ourselves though, we carry around with us the broader anxieties and frustrations of our times.’
      • ‘Those waiting in the lineups voiced one of the major frustrations of the evening.’
      • ‘Here we move onto the 3rd major issue preventing so many consumers - like my Mom - from joyously, whimsically and enthusiastically shopping for carpet: unexpected problems and endless frustrations!’
      • ‘On the other hand, dispatching the form electronically will at least overcome such petty frustrations.’
      • ‘This was still a very slow and cumbersome way to communicate, and it had its own frustrations.’
  • 2The prevention of the progress, success, or fulfilment of something.

    ‘the frustration of their wishes’
    • ‘Consequently, I wanted to avoid the frustration of the country's restrictive speed limits.’
    • ‘Congenital retardation seems to doom many of the retarded individual's interests to frustration.’
    thwarting, defeat, foiling, blocking, stopping, countering, spoiling, checking, baulking, circumvention, forestalling, dashing, scotching, quashing, crushing
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Mid 16th century: from Latin frustratio(n-), from frustrare disappoint (see frustrate).