Definition of frustration in English:



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

    ‘the frustration of their wishes’
    • ‘Congenital retardation seems to doom many of the retarded individual's interests to frustration.’
    • ‘Consequently, I wanted to avoid the frustration of the country's restrictive speed limits.’
    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).