• A director gives his report while frustrated shareholders listen
    A director gives his report while frustrated shareholders listen
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj frustrative preventing realization or attainment of a desire
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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
    • a Frustrative Tending to defeat; fallacious.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • frustrative Tending to frustrate or defeat; disappointing; thwarting.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Frustrative tending to frustrate
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  • William Cowper
    “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.”
  • 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.”
  • Terry Eagleton
    Terry Eagleton
    “It is silly to call fat people gravitationally challenged -- a self-righteous fetishism of language which is no more than a symptom of political frustration.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. frustrāri, frustrātusfrustra, in vain.


In literature:

Leisure is the one thing that all desire, but they strive for it so blindly that they frustrate one another's hope.
"The Unclassed" by George Gissing
It's the pity of pities that circumstances will frustrate Nature's purpose.
"In the Year of Jubilee" by George Gissing
Frustration of desire joined with irritated instincts of ascendency to agitate him almost beyond endurance.
"A Life's Morning" by George Gissing
But if it had, its effects would ere long have been thoroughly searched into and effectually frustrated.
"The English Constitution" by Walter Bagehot
His plans were now frustrated, and if ever the good-natured fellow could be ill-tempered, he was assuredly so on this occasion.
"Vendetta" by Marie Corelli
Johnston frustrated this plan by himself starting back as above stated.
"Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant, Complete" by Ulysses S. Grant
And now Aaron lay in a sort of semi-stupor of fear, frustrated anger, misery and self-repulsion: a sort of interlocked depression.
"Aaron's Rod" by D. H. Lawrence
But for Marcella, frustrate in the desire with which every impulse of her being had identified itself, what future could be imagined?
"Born in Exile" by George Gissing
His first torturing love might be for ever frustrate, but it had revealed him to himself.
"The Crown of Life" by George Gissing
Johnston frustrated this plan by himself starting back as above stated.
"Memoirs of Three Civil War Generals, Complete" by U. S. Grant, W. T. Sherman, P. H. Sheridan

In poetry:

Here I sit
With my shoes mismated.
I's frustrated!
"Bad Morning" by Langston Hughes
THEY are the slaves of death who fear to die,
They are the cowards who strive against
their fate —
And thus it seemed no courage can frustrate
Change, ill, or death, nor virtue fortify.
"Rondel" by E J Rupert Atkinson
What's brought to the barn, is in no better case,
But silently heats and ferments in the place,
Just ready to blaze — help, God of all might,
And let not our labours be frustrated quite.
"Another, On The Same Occasion" by Rees Prichard
"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
Soon the political machine
Beheld the profit it might glean
Thro' gifts spread thro' electorates
To help the "Outs" the "Ins" frustrate;
While shrewd "Ins", not to be outdone,
Increased the offers two to one.
"The Genesis of Gloom [Australian Variety]" by C J Dennis
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

In news:

Frustrated motorists who have long wished for a remedy to a troublesome bottleneck on US 190 through Mandeville will have to wait a bit longer.
NHL lockout talks break off again with frustration.
Talks break off again with frustration.
NHL lockout talks break off again with accusations & frustration after union offer.
Bureaucracy is today a widespread source of anger and frustration within the German medical community.
Burgundy, in north central France, is home to the world's most frustrating, unpredictable and—when everything goes right—glorious wines.
Shingle Creek Fire frustrates Kane County Commissioners.
After a while he gets frustrated but Grandpa tells him to try and try again, that is the only way.
Parents frustrated over school bus troubles.
It takes a special person to fight through the pain and frustration to be a blessing for someone else.
Getting your car repaired can be a costly frustrating experience and you might not know if they are even necessary.
Nick Hornby's cult novel High Fidelity,on the surface, might be about the arrested development of an independent record store owner and his frustrated on-again/off-again girlfriend.
Even a mask probably wouldn't have hid the frustration overflowing inside Jonas Hiller .
Password resets, frequently asked questions, and rudimentary questions lead to lost hours of productivity and significant losses for an organization, as well as user frustration.
Bryce Harper hitless again but not frustrated: 'I'm just missing pitches.

In science:

For the Bethe lattice spin-glass, frustration (due to the presence of large loops) induces a replica symmetry breaking instability similar to the one found in the fully-connected Sherrington-Kirkpatrick model and corresponding to the appearance of an exponential number of pure states.
Metastable states and T=0 hysteresis in the random-field Ising model on random graphs
By using a similar analysis for different J2/J1 , it is possible to determine the behavior of the critical temperature Tc as a function of the frustrating ratio J2/J1 for different values of θ.
Finite-temperature properties of frustrated classical spins coupled to the lattice
See for instance, Frustrated spin systems, Ed. H.T.
Finite-temperature properties of frustrated classical spins coupled to the lattice
We used the same geometrically random lattices from Section IV C as staring points, then we add bond length frustration using the technique from Section IV B: We multiply the rest lengths of all bonds by a factor (1 + βb ) where βb is chosen randomly from a flat distribution lying between −β and β with β < 0.1.
Nonaffine Correlations in Random Elastic Media
FIG. 17: A/(γ 2∆K (x = 0)/µ2 ) versus β for geometrically random lattices with internal stresses, where A is the coefficient of a logrithmic fit to the non-affinity correlation function G (x) for each lattice and β is the bond frustration factor used to induce internal stresses.
Nonaffine Correlations in Random Elastic Media