• 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
    • n exasperation actions that cause great irritation (or even anger)
    • n exasperation an exasperated feeling of annoyance
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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.
    • Exasperation Increase of violence or malignity; aggravation; exacerbation. "Exasperation of the fits."
    • Exasperation The act of exasperating or the state of being exasperated; irritation; keen or bitter anger. "Extorted from him by the exasperation of his spirits."
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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!"
    • n exasperation The act of exasperating, or the state of being exasperated; irritation; provocation.
    • n exasperation Increase of violence or malignity; exacerbation, as of a disease.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Exasperation act of irritating; state of being exasperated: provocation: rage: aggravation
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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]”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. exasperatio,: cf. F. exaspération,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ex, inten., asperāre, to make rough—asper, rough.


In literature:

Columbine set down the tray again with a hint of exasperation.
"The Tidal Wave and Other Stories" by Ethel May Dell
Your composure exasperates me!
"A Love Episode" by Emile Zola
Is the chastisement to exasperate only?
"Lippincott's Magazine. Vol. XII, No. 33. December, 1873." by Various
Lots of people found him interesting and stimulating, a few found him seriously exasperating.
"Mr. Britling Sees It Through" by H. G. Wells
He had got over the rocks of "niggling"; he found himself in the shoals of exasperation.
"If Winter Comes" by A.S.M. Hutchinson
His shock of red hair and his little, glistening, grey eyes exasperated La Teuse.
"Abbe Mouret's Transgression La Faute De L'abbe Mouret" by Emile Zola
They shouted to them in terms of derision, hoping to exasperate them into an attack.
"Christopher Carson" by John S. C. Abbott
There was indeed much to exasperate him.
"The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2)" by John Holland Rose
My exasperation was too deep for words.
"Atlantida" by Pierre Benoit
This rehabilitation school, today all-powerful, exasperated Durtal.
"Là-bas" by J. K. Huysmans

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:

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.
Many men may find buying their loved ones the perfect Valentines gift an exasperating chore.
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.
Samuel Moyn, in "Mind the Enlightenment", finds my "monomaniacal Spinoza worship" both "amusing and exasperating".
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.
The HP Blackbird Exhilaration Edition is more exasperating than exhilarating, as its performance lags similarly priced, better-equipped gaming systems.
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.
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.

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