• 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
    • adj exasperated greatly annoyed; out of patience "had an exasperated look on his face","felt exasperated beyond endurance"
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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...

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • 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.
    • exasperated In heraldry, in an attitude indicating rage or ferocity.
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  • Bible
    “Fathers do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. [Ephesians 6:4]”


In literature:

Uncle Henry was exasperated now.
"The Bad Man" by Charles Hanson Towne
Parent could not hear what they were saying, but he saw their calm movements, and his wife's face, especially, exasperated him.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume II (of 8)" by Guy de Maupassant
As it is, I find buying things in a shop the most exasperating of all the many trying duties of life.
"Certain Personal Matters" by H. G. Wells
Lieutenant D'Hubert went away, too exasperated to care what would happen.
"The Point Of Honor A Military Tale" by Joseph Conrad
The little skipper laughed with exasperation.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
We could hear the object of our exasperated solicitude darting to and fro under the planks.
"The Nigger Of The "Narcissus" A Tale Of The Forecastle" by Joseph Conrad
I wish to God the Pasha knew the deep exasperation which his subordinates are causing.
"Letters from Egypt" by Lucie Duff Gordon
In his suffering and exasperation, it would require considerable effort to despatch him.
"Salem Witchcraft, Volumes I and II" by Charles Upham
The warring of exasperated eyes endured a moment; to Alixe it seemed eternity.
"Visionaries" by James Huneker
The proud manner in which the victim surveyed his tormentors only exasperated them still further.
"Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons" by Henry Charles Mahoney
He caught her in his arms and gave her an exasperated kiss.
"The Mayor of Warwick" by Herbert M. Hopkins
Exasperated now, and not to be outdone, the Englishman sent home for a cart-horse skull.
"Life in Morocco and Glimpses Beyond" by Budgett Meakin
These complaints may be unjust, but the negro believes in them, and they chafe and exasperate him.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 102, April, 1866" by Various
Both parties were exasperated beyond control.
"Hurricane Hurry" by W.H.G. Kingston
Drudgery, calamity, exasperation, want, are instructors in eloquence and wisdom.
"Architects of Fate" by Orison Swett Marden
Anxiety glared in his eyes; exasperation grinned in his teeth; indecision quivered in the muscles of his tail.
"The Settler and the Savage" by R.M. Ballantyne
After a time it became exasperating, and then maddening.
"The Lighthouse" by R.M. Ballantyne
That's what exasperates me.
"At Fault" by Kate Chopin
They exasperated each other with tales, old and new, of the tyranny of the whites.
"The Hour and the Man" by Harriet Martineau
Spanish outrages had exasperated all the Indians along the southern coast.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott

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:

Arabic newspapers are exasperated and angry about the Times Square bomber.
From the exasperated fan's perspective, the NFL labor negotiation looks like an argument between billionaires and millionaires.
VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) – Peter Lawrie and David Drysdale left an exasperated Rory McIlroy and his high-ranking rivals trailing by shooting 6-under 66s to share the first-round lead at the BMW PGA Championship on Thursday.
Three terrible exasperations in a person's life are (1) having the electricity go off.
It struck me that many of my colleagues seem exasperated about students' poor class attendance, lack of motivation and lack of focus.
There was serious exasperation and maybe even a sliver of desperation in Jorge Posada's voice as he discussed his status on the Yankees.
Texas Rep Michael McCaul is exasperated with the government of Pakistan and thinks that the US should be spending more money to combat Mexican drug cartels.
WASHINGTON, July 2 — Exasperated by his party's failure to cut government spending, Senator Tom Coburn, Republican of Oklahoma, is seeking cyberhelp.
New mothers, if you're exasperated at having no one to help you clean your messy house, why not let your baby do the dirty work.
2351 Performance Dr. Ramona , the exasperating but lovable third-grader, has delighted young readers for over fifty years through the books of Newbery Medal-winning writer Beverly Cleary.
One of several residents who relocated to a nearby state park expressed exasperation at the sheer volume of explosive material, which is more than authorities initially estimated.
It could be the world's most exasperating alarm clock.
In fact, the guard let off several sighs and signs of exasperation as she struggled to find the bottom of the net going 1-6 from the court in the first half.
Martin McDonagh's exasperatingly predictable Seven Psychopaths.
Simon 's exasperated father Erik (Stefan Godicke) wonders why his son isn't like other kids, why he has no interest in fighting or working with his hands like his hardscrabble dad.

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