frustrate

Definitions

  • A director gives his report while frustrated shareholders listen
    A director gives his report while frustrated shareholders listen
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v frustrate treat cruelly "The children tormented the stuttering teacher"
    • v frustrate hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of "What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge","foil your opponent"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1902, the coat hanger was invented Albert Parkhouse who was frustrated at the lack of hooks available to hang up his coat at work. His company thought it was a good idea and patented the invention and unfortunately, Parkhouse never received any money for his idea
    • Frustrate To bring to nothing; to prevent from attaining a purpose; to disappoint; to defeat; to baffle; as, to frustrate a plan, design, or attempt; to frustrate the will or purpose. "Shall the adversary thus obtain
      His end and frustrate thine ?"
    • Frustrate To make null; to nullifly; to render invalid or of no effect; as, to frustrate a conveyance or deed.
    • a Frustrate Vain; ineffectual; useless; unprofitable; null; voil; nugatory; of no effect. "Our frustrate search."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • frustrate To make of no avail; bring to nothing; prevent from taking effect or attaining fulfilment; defeat; disappoint; balk: as, to frustrate a plan, design, or attempt; to frustrate the will or purpose.
    • frustrate To make null; nullify; render of no effect: as, to frustrate a conveyance or deed.
    • frustrate To defeat the desire or purpose of; cause to be balked or disappointed; thwart.
    • frustrate Synonyms Frustrate, Foil, Thwart, Baffle, Balk, are strong words, expressing the complete defeat of any plan or endeavor. Frustrate, to make vain, cause to be in vain, bring to naught. Foil, to stop, render useless. (Foil is not thought to be derived from the use of a foil in fencing, but is associated with it in many minds, and in meaning corresponds with the turning aside of a sword by the address of a fencer.) Thwart, literally, to stop by a bar or barrier, cross effectively, defeat. Baffe, to check at all points or completely and promptly, so that one is at a loss what to do. Balk, to stop in a course, make unable to proceed in a given direction. Perhaps baffle expresses most of confusion of mind or bewilderment, and balk most of annoyance or vexation.
    • frustrate Vain; ineffectual; useless; unprofitable; null; void; of no effect.
    • frustrate Defeated.
    • n frustrate A weak contraction of the ventricle of the heart, the impulse of which is imperceptible at the wrist, giving the impression of intermittent pulsations.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Frustrate frus′trāt to make vain or of no effect: to bring to nothing: to defeat
    • p.adj Frustrate vain, ineffectual, defeated
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Quotations

  • William Cowper
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    “Absence from whom we love is worse than death, and frustrates hope severer than despair.”
  • Marie Chapian
    Marie Chapian
    “Lack of discipline leads to frustration and self-loathing.”
  • A. Whitney Brown
    A. Whitney Brown
    “I am as frustrated with society as a pyromaniac in a petrified forest.”
  • Charles C. Noble
    Charles C. Noble
    “You must have long term goals to keep you from being frustrated by short term failures.”
  • John N. Mitchell
    John N. Mitchell
    “Frustrated love has been the incentive for many great works.”
  • Ken Keyes Jr.
    Ken Keyes Jr.
    “Everything is a gift of the universe -- even joy, anger, jealously, frustration, or separateness. Everything is perfect either for our growth or our enjoyment.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. frustratus, p. p. of frustrare, frustrari, to deceive, frustrate, fr. frustra, in vain, witout effect, in erorr, prob. for frudtra, and akin to fraus, E. fraud,

Usage

In literature:

Providence frustrated the execution of this project.
"The Empire of Russia" by John S. C. Abbott
But Gideon's purpose was again frustrated: the impious idolaters, refusing to listen, blindfolded him before he was aware.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)" by John Roby
But I was not to be frustrated of my glory.
"Tramping on Life" by Harry Kemp
Go and tempt him and frustrating his continued austerities accomplish my good.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
Whatever, O mighty one, he purposeth to do is incapable of being frustrated by anybody by every means in his power.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
They had chosen frustration for their destiny.
"The Judge" by Rebecca West
We are prohibited from stating the measures taken for the detection of the ruffian, lest their disclosure should frustrate the ends of justice.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete" by Various
He turned instantly to follow it there; but she saw his intention and frustrated it.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
The answers were frustrating.
"Operation Terror" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
I've been out here wishing I could, because I'm frustrated.
"This World Is Taboo" by Murray Leinster
Otherwise he'll be frustrated.
"Operation: Outer Space" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
My councils were again at a stand and my designs frustrated.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
He cried with frustration because he could not perform the simple exercise to perfection.
"The Fourth R" by George Oliver Smith
And he had known frustration.
"Space Tug" by Murray Leinster
But several unfavourable circumstances concurred to frustrate the hopes of the public.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
When he turned back to the slit cave Ross's fear was ready to be expressed in anger, the anger of frustration over his own helplessness.
"Key Out of Time" by Andre Alice Norton
In so many ways this puzzle seemed to be growing worse instead of better, and Hanlon knew a moment of frustration.
"Man of Many Minds" by E. Everett Evans
All my plans had been frustrated by a passing rain.
"Dross" by Henry Seton Merriman
But Froude dwells with malicious irony on the frustration of the poor woman's hopes.
"The Reign of Mary Tudor" by James Anthony Froude
Here is an opportunity to frustrate the authoritative (father) figure.
"A Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis" by Melvin Powers
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In poetry:

Here I sit
With my shoes mismated.
Lawdy-mercy!
I's frustrated!
"Bad Morning" by Langston Hughes
O Lord our God arise,
Scatter his enemies,
And make them fall; Confound their politics,
Frustrate their knavish tricks,
On thee our hopes we fix:
God save us all!
"God Save The King" by Henry Carey
Oh, then, kind Heaven, be this my latest breath!
Here end my life, or make it worth my care;
Absence from whom we love is worse than death,
And frustrate hope severer than dismay.
"Hope, Like The Short-lived Ray That Gleams Awhile" by William Cowper
"He's dashing downward - "Oh my God!" . . .
Alas! he never finished tea.
The motor ploughed the garden sod
And in the crash a corpse was he:
Proving that no man can frustrate
The merciless design of Fate.
"Tea On The Lawn" by Robert W Service
I feel again how sharply stings
The spell which binds our troubled dust
With hint of divine frustrated things,—
The Soul's deep doubt and desperate trust
That She at sunset shall find wings
To bear her beyond NOW and MUST.
"Three Songs Of The Enigma" by Robert Nichols
Contemplate Silence; the wild Silence, ere
Music or word was; waste, unshapen sound;
Crying of wind; moaning of sea; stammer of storm;
Gropings as for a being nowhere found;
Mateless desires, frustrated throbs of air,
Without home, without form.
"The Sirens" by Robert Laurence Binyon

In news:

Attempts to bring rap into the jazz fold often result in frustration.
State official frustrated with dosage delivery.
It was frustrating when I sat on my side of the car and told him how.
Racked by severe hand pain and frustrated by his search for a comfortable instrument, the anesthesiologist designed his own.
To say Town Supervisor Earl Van Wormer is frustrated, is an understatement.
Shimizu, an evacuee himself, expressed frustration over the plight of the 70,000 evacuees of the nuclear disaster and the governmental paralysis in caring for the people of his town.
NEW YORK — Frustration and in some cases fear mounted in New York City on Thursday, three days after Superstorm Sandy.
Oakland's powerful lineup can both excite and frustrate.
Amare in in a fit of frustration or rage (or both), smashed the glass door of the fire extinguisher casing on his way to the locker room.
Point Loma frustrates Vuls in sweep.
His father , Carl, who had himself walked away from an NFL career after being frustrated by his release from the Broncos in the summer of '82, had regretted the decision not to keep trying.
When the Wii came out, its initial popularity led to shortages and frustrated customers.
When water fleas become abundant they can make trolling frustrating, so be prepared with flea flicker line.
For those anglers frustrated by the winter blues, the.
'The Daily Show': Jon Stewart Vents His Frustration With Obama's Big Bird Fixation .
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In science:

Random magnets, as spin glasses and random field systems, flux line lattices in superconductors, and granular materials are examples of physical systems in which frustration and disorder play an important role.
Energy landscapes in random systems, driven interfaces and wetting
More generally, it is true if the graph has no “frustrated” loops, i.e. no loops with odd number of negative edges.
Random incidence matrices: moments of the spectral density
These equations explicitly contain the frustrated interactions between the polar clusters and thus allow us to study the effects of these interactions on both the equilibrium and nonequilibrium properties.
Dynamics of relaxor ferroelectrics
This talk describes how techniques developed by Computer Scientists have helped our understanding of certain problems in statistical physics which involve randomness and “frustration”.
Computer Science in Physics
That this leads to frustration can be seen in the “toy” example in Fig. 1.
Computer Science in Physics
If the spins along the bottom row and top left corner are oriented in directions which minimize the energy (as shown) the spin at the top right is “frustrated” since it receives conflicting instructions from its two neighbors.
Computer Science in Physics
It is easy to see that there is frustration if there is an odd number of negative interactions round the square, which is then called a “frustrated square”.
Computer Science in Physics
Fig. 1. A simple example illustration frustration as discussed in the text.
Computer Science in Physics
There are many experiments on magnetic systems with these features of disorder and frustration but it would take us too far afield to discuss them here.
Computer Science in Physics
Spin glasses are also considered as prototypes for other systems with frustration and disorder which have many features in common.
Computer Science in Physics
Fig. 3. A two dimensional spin glass in which the frustrated squares are denoted by crosses.
Computer Science in Physics
The ground state energy is obtained from the minimum length of the strings connecting the frustrated squares.
Computer Science in Physics
The second phase of the dynamics consists of removing some of the remaining frustrated plaquettes and gives a logarithmically slow compaction [2, 8, 24] leading from density ρ0 to ρ∞ .
On random graphs and the statistical mechanics of granular matter
In physical situations this means the systems are without local frustration.
Susceptibility and Percolation in 2D Random Field Ising Magnets
Coniglio, Invaded cluster dynamics for frustrated models, Phys.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem
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