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  • v. Present participle of exasperate.
  • adj. That exasperates, infuriates, annoys or irritates

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. extremely annoying or displeasing.
  • adj. same as exacerbating.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Irritating; vexatious.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. extremely annoying or displeasing
  • adj. making worse


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  • What I find a bit exasperating is encountering poets (of a certain age) who somehow look down on online publications as beneath a “real” publication (read print).

    In Praise of Online Journals : Rigoberto González : Harriet the Blog : The Poetry Foundation

  • In a separate research note, the bank described the euro as "exasperating," adding that the currency's rally from under $1.19 in early June to over $1.30 by late July had "wrong-footed many in the currency market."

    Banks Back Off Grim Euro Calls

  • And this debate doesn't save any money, which is why it is kind of exasperating to some of us who really want to cut spending.

    Coalition of senators challenges GOP on earmarks

  • I don't make a big deal out of them calling me by my first name, but it's just kind of exasperating since if I was an older looking man like the other professor I highly doubt they would call me by my first name or assume I was a TA.

    Emails to undergrads

  • There are no words for this kind of exasperating character, and yet one quickly realizes that if Woody had played it, this scene would have been hilarious instead of pathetic and aggravating.


  • He said it was "exasperating" the full assembly sat only two afternoons a week, and then often finished early.

    Archive 2006-05-01

  • Readers of The Cold War: A New History who lack prior familiarity with the subject will be at a loss to understand just why a French president should have behaved so capriciously toward his American protectors, "exasperating" Washington and "flaunting" French autonomy, or what it is about the history of the preceding decades that helps explain French irritation at the "Anglo-Saxon" powers.

    A Story Still to Be Told

  • Mr. Stephen McKenna provides us with the same kind of exasperating entertainment that we get at games from watching a skilful and unscrupulous veteran.

    When Winter Comes to Main Street

  • "And this debate doesn't save any money, which is why it's kind of exasperating to some of us who really want to cut spending and get the federal government's discretionary accounts under control."

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • "This debate doesn't save any money," McConnell said, "which is why it's kind of exasperating to go some of us who really want to cut spending." What's News US


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