Definition of exasperation in US English:

exasperation

noun

  • A feeling of intense irritation or annoyance.

    ‘she rolled her eyes in exasperation’
    • ‘In fact he smiled on quite a few occasions, though probably more out of exasperation than anything else.’
    • ‘He smiled patiently, betraying only a small hint of exasperation.’
    • ‘Terel stopped in his tracks and turned to her, agitated exasperation on his face.’
    • ‘My feeling was more of exasperation at this point because I knew what we had gotten ourselves into.’
    • ‘The exasperation disappears from their voices as they deal with customers.’
    • ‘And to top it all off, there are aphorisms, rubrics, musings, meditations, exhalations, exasperations.’
    • ‘Who do you know in your life who is a source of pain, annoyance or exasperation?’
    • ‘They have been torturing each other for decades, giving vent to shouts and exasperations, though at night they sleep in adjoining double beds.’
    • ‘Considering he and Stimac put 16 hours a day into the place, his exasperation is justified.’
    • ‘My response to these complaints is a slight feeling of exasperation.’
    • ‘But there was a tangible atmosphere of exasperation towards the week's end.’
    • ‘Now instead of the anger and exasperation, an emotion more like dread clouded his mind.’
    • ‘My own daily dose of exasperation and humiliation comes courtesy of Bandit, a three-year-old Dalmatian.’
    • ‘His mood ranged from nervousness and exasperation to contempt and defiance even anger.’
    • ‘No opportunity for zaniness is knowingly passed up, to the exasperation of the long-suffering staff.’
    • ‘said the steward who, with exasperation, surveyed the teenager who was wearing full cricket gear.’
    • ‘The exasperation, while he seeks to put a lid on it, spills forth.’
    • ‘Such exasperation may have led to posters being stolen and vandalised but there could be another reason.’
    • ‘I sighed in exasperation as I realised Evaline hadn't even started on dinner yet.’
    • ‘Spear's face was full of exasperation and worry, as he shoved his way through the crowd.’
    irritation, annoyance, chagrin, vexation, anger, fury, rage, wrath, spleen, ill humour, crossness, tetchiness, testiness, pique, indignation, resentment, disgruntlement, disgust, discontent, displeasure
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Pronunciation

exasperation

/ɪɡˌzæspəˈreɪʃ(ə)n//iɡˌzaspəˈrāSH(ə)n/