exasperate

Definitions

  • An exasperated painter gives up on his painting. He sits under two statues of women. One is titled 'the real' and the other is titled 'the ideal.' He has written 'Namby Pamby' on his painting
    An exasperated painter gives up on his painting. He sits under two statues of women. One is titled 'the real' and the other is titled 'the ideal.' He has written 'Namby Pamby' on his painting
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v exasperate make worse "This drug aggravates the pain"
    • v exasperate make furious
    • v exasperate exasperate or irritate
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A woman shows her daughters her fine buttons. Her husband sits at his desk, which is covered with piles of papers. He looks exasperated. The caption says: “There my child, have I not as many buttons as Lady Golderoy now?” A woman shows her daughters her fine buttons. Her husband sits at his desk, which is covered with piles of papers. He...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The original title of the musical "Hello Dolly!" was "Dolly: A Damned Exasperating Woman." Why did they change it? The original had such music, poetry, and pizzazz.
    • a Exasperate Exasperated; imbittered. "Like swallows which the exasperate dying year
      Sets spinning."
    • Exasperate To irritate in a high degree; to provoke; to enrage; to excite or to inflame the anger of; as, to exasperate a person or his feelings. "To exsasperate them against the king of France."
    • Exasperate To make grievous, or more grievous or malignant; to aggravate; to imbitter; as, to exasperate enmity. "To exasperate the ways of death."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Being rude to a telephone operator in Prussia was once a crime. In 1908, a respected citizen was reprimanded by the government after becoming exasperated with an operator and saying "My dear girl!"
    • exasperate To irritate to a high degree; make very angry; provoke to rage; enrage: as, to exasperate an opponent.
    • exasperate To incite by means of irritation; stimulate through anger or rage; stir up.
    • exasperate To make grievous or more grievous; aggravate; embitter: as, to exasperate enmity.
    • exasperate To augment the intensity of; exacerbate: as, to exasperate inflammation or a part inflamed.
    • exasperate Synonyms Provoke, Incense, Exasperate, Irritate; vex, chafe, nettle, sting. The first four words all refer to the production of angry and generally demonstrative feeling. Irritate often has to do with the nerves, but all have to do with the mind. Provoke is perhaps the most sudden; exasperate is the strongest and least self-controlled; incense stands second in these respects.
    • exasperate To increase in severity.
    • exasperate Irritated; inflamed.
    • exasperate In botany, rough; covered with hard, projecting points.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Exasperate egz-as′pėr-āt to make very angry: to irritate in a high degree
    • p.adj Exasperate irritated
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Quotations

  • Bible
    Bible
    “Fathers do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. [Ephesians 6:4]”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. exasperatus, p. p. of exsasperare, to roughen, exasperate; ex, out (intens.) + asperare, to make rough, asper, rough. See Asperity

Usage

In literature:

One night something unusual had exasperated them, and they attacked the hotel.
"Personal Recollections of Birmingham and Birmingham Men" by E. Edwards
The pace may have been great, but to us it seemed exasperatingly slow, and in the open truck the cold was piercing.
"The Danvers Jewels, and Sir Charles Danvers" by Mary Cholmondeley
Mrs. Danvers was bitterly exasperated.
"Sword and Gown" by George A. Lawrence
The lower house seemed to be as much exasperated against the earl of Nottingham as the lords were incensed at Russel.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
Her secret ambitions were irritated almost to the point of nervous exasperation.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
The severe measures of Cato only exasperated the Spaniards.
"A Smaller History of Rome" by William Smith and Eugene Lawrence
I think one of the most exasperating circumstances of this house of bondage, is the exceeding flimsiness of its defenses.
"Border and Bastille" by George A. Lawrence
Frank, who had buried her face raptly in her armful of jonquils, looked up at him with gentle exasperation.
"Phantom Wires" by Arthur Stringer
Rutrem, exasperated, cursed the flower, and forbade it ever to enter his presence.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
This had always exasperated Helen.
"The Mask" by Arthur Hornblow
And any robot with more than five hundred hours service picked up a definite and often exasperating personality.
"The Cosmic Computer" by Henry Beam Piper
Charles, be it remembered, was under that daily, hourly influence, which weakens the judgment, and exasperates the passions.
"Memoirs of the Jacobites of 1715 and 1745" by Mrs. Thomson
He would smoke it all through with exasperating slowness and then arrive at an odious conclusion.
"Tristram of Blent" by Anthony Hope
The chronometer pointed out the hours with exasperating slowness.
"Islands of Space" by John W Campbell
This peculiar trait was connected with another that sometimes amused friends, but always exasperated foes.
"The Life of William Ewart Gladstone, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by John Morley
No one could be expected to be patient if other people would insist on being so horrid and exasperating!
"Betty Trevor" by Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey
Of course some kind friend told all this to Saurin, and it exasperated him still more, if that was possible.
"Dr. Jolliffe's Boys" by Lewis Hough
Meanwhile the weekly deduction of eighteenpence from his miserable income was an exasperating strain.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
He had been in many a pickle before, but never in one quite so exasperating.
"The Flaw in the Sapphire" by Charles M. Snyder
She dallied with the young man a day, and then sent him about his business, exasperated and perplexed.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 7" by Elbert Hubbard
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In poetry:

Him, many a deadly snake to feed,
Sansado would engage;
And more, by many a noxious weed,
Exasperate their rage.
"The Serpents" by William Hayley
Of old, 'twas life exasperate, huge and tense,
Swung savage at some stallion's mane--life, fleet.
With mighty lightnings flashing 'neath her feet,
Upreared immensely over space immense.
"The Rope-Maker" by Emile Verhaeren
There’s nothing so exasperates a true Australian youth,
Whatever be his rank in life, be he cultured or uncouth,
As the manner of a London swell. Now it chanced, the other day,
That one came out, consigned to me—a cousin, by the way.
"My Cousin From Pall Mall" by Arthur Patchett Martin
“Is there literary friendship ’twix the sexes? don’t you think?”
And they wink their idiotic and exasperating wink.
“Can’t we kiss a clever woman without wanting any more?”
And their clock-work nod is only more decided than before.
"The Sorrows of a Simple Bard" by Henry Lawson
O my fellow sufferers, we went out under the trees,
We were in especial bored with male stupidity.
We went forth gathering delicate thoughts,
Our ‘fantastikon’ delighted to serve us.
We were not exasperated with women,
for the female is ductile.
"The Condolence" by Ezra Pound

In news:

Someone needs to explain to me the exasperating system of disaster assistance so that my blood pressure does not hit the roof every time I see a symbol of the various agencies involved in the process.
Well, he is not half so exasperated as I am by his unbelievably inaccurate account of my argument.
I read Colleen Hroncich's letter ("This Election Has Me Fearing for the Future," Nov 9) with a mixture of amusement and exasperation.
"They exasperated each other," Mr Maraniss wrote.
In an indication of iPhone owners' exasperation with Apple 's maps, Google's new alternative was already the top-ranking free app in Apple 's iTunes store early Thursday morning.
It makes you just want to scream in exasperation.
Many parents of young children lament that their kids simply refuse to eat vegetables, and some have an unnatural fear of them that can exasperate any concerned mom or dad.
On Bourbon: Poured Irritation and exasperation at this show's entire premise: Engaged.
The Disney theme parks have always been expensive places, designed to suck as much money out of exasperated parents' wallets as possible.
High number of traffic fatalities exasperate police.
"The most important piece of the ceremony," an exasperated Peacock said when he found Monroy.
Criticism by Obama aides exasperates Va. Click for news, weather, entertainment, more.
Long lines were the most exasperating problem affecting early voters for this election.
With the Wizards getting routed at home by 20 points against Indiana, an exasperated Coach Randy Wittman called on Chris Singleton and Shaun Livingston .
When we remember the 1950s sitcom I Love Lucy , we usually think of all the hilarious jams that Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball) got herself into, and that exasperated look that her husband Ricky (Desi Arnaz) would get.
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In science:

In addition, the introduction of e-mail into the mainstream further exasperated the copious amounts of text residing in computers (termed ‘electronic junk’ by Denning ).
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
Moreover, delay errors have been widely reported in implementations of broadband analogue correlators and simulations have shown that delay errors exasperate the effects of aliasing.
A spectral synthesis method to suppress aliasing and calibrate for delay errors in Fourier transform correlators
Sophie suspects some kind of trick, but is too exasperated to investigate and so launches the ball into the air.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
With that, the grasshopper gave a big leap into the air, slightly exasperated by the folly so often displayed by his fellow insects.
Interplay between Network Topology and Dynamics in Neural Systems
We have tried to teach the same lesson in a different context in Ref. [18, 16] to the exasperation of many distinguished people.
Extended set of Majorana spinors, a new dispersion relation, and a preferred frame
The problem of making galaxies and clusters is exasperated without dark matter.
Supersymmetric "Solutions" to Cosmological Problems: Baryogenesis and Dark Matter
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