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exasperate | exasperation | exasperatingly

exasperate exasperation exasperatingly
annoy intensely
  • How to Memorize
    • exasperate - annoy
  • Analysis

    To ‘exasperate’ somebody is to irritate them greatly, usually by continuing to do something that upsets them. The word implies provoking a high level of impatience and frustration, and a sense of making something that is already bad even worse. It can also be used to describe a person’s vexation when their attempt(s) to solve something have failed.

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  • Example(s)
    1. Lisa isn’t trying to deliberately exasperate you. She just needs to be shown how to do something a number of times before she gets it.

    2. Every attempt we made to resolve the problem failed, leaving us with a feeling of total exasperation.

    3. I’ve been trying to save up enough money for a downpayment on a house for years, but it has so far remained an exasperatingly elusive goal.