exasperate

  • 1 Exasperate — Ex*as per*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Exsasperated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Exasperating}.] 1. To irritate in a high degree; to provoke; to enrage; to excite or to inflame the anger of; as, to exasperate a person or his feelings. [1913 Webster] To… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Exasperate — Ex*as per*ate, a. [L. exasperatus, p. p. of exsasperare to roughen, exasperate; ex out (intens.) + asperare to make rough, asper rough. See {Asperity}.] Exasperated; imbittered. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] Like swallows which the exasperate dying …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 exasperate — index aggravate (annoy), annoy, badger, bait (harass), discommode, discompose, disturb …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 exasperate — 1530s, from L. exasperatus, pp. of exasperare roughen, irritate, provoke, from ex thoroughly (see EX (Cf. ex )) + asper rough (see ASPERITY (Cf. asperity)). Related: Exasperated; exasperating …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 exasperate — provoke, nettle, *irritate, aggravate, rile, peeve Analogous words: vex, *annoy, irk, bother: *anger, incense, enrage, madden, infuriate Antonyms: mollify Contrasted words: *pacify, placate, appease, propitiate, conciliate …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 exasperate — [v] upset, provoke aggravate, agitate, anger, annoy, bug*, disturb, drive up the wall*, embitter, enrage, exacerbate, excite, gall, get*, get under one’s skin*, incense, inflame, infuriate, irk, irritate, madden, make waves*, needle*, nettle,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 exasperate — ► VERB ▪ irritate intensely. DERIVATIVES exasperated adjective exasperating adjective exasperation noun. ORIGIN Latin exasperare irritate to anger …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 exasperate — exasperate1 [eg zas′pər āt΄, igzas′pər āt΄] vt. exasperated, exasperating [< L exasperatus, pp. of exasperare < ex , out, from + asperare, to roughen < asper, rough: see ASPERITY] 1. to irritate or annoy very much; make angry; vex 2.… …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 exasperate — UK [ɪɡˈzɑːspəreɪt] / US [ɪɡˈzæspəˌreɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms exasperate : present tense I/you/we/they exasperate he/she/it exasperates present participle exasperating past tense exasperated past participle exasperated to make someone feel …

    English dictionary

  • 10 exasperate — I. transitive verb ( ated; ating) Etymology: Latin exasperatus, past participle of exasperare, from ex + asper rough more at asperity Date: 1534 1. a. to excite the anger of ; enrage b. to cause irritation or annoyance to …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 11 exasperate — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. anger, enrage, infuriate; irritate, vex, nettle, provoke, roil, peeve, annoy. See resentment. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. irritate, provoke, madden, try one s patience; see anger 1 , bother 2 . See… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 12 exasperate — verb her bratty children exasperate their teachers Syn: infuriate, incense, anger, annoy, irritate, madden, enrage, antagonize, provoke, irk, vex, get on someone s nerves, ruffle someone s feathers, rub the wrong way; informal aggravate, rile,… …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 13 exasperate — exasperatedly, adv. exasperater, n. exasperatingly, adv. v. /ig zas peuh rayt /; adj. /ig zas peuhr it/, v., exasperated, exasperating, adj. v.t. 1. to irritate or provoke to a high degree; annoy extremely: He was exasperated by the senseless… …

    Universalium

  • 14 exasperate — verb To frustrate, vex, provoke, or annoy; to make angry. this report …

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  • 15 exasperate — Synonyms and related words: TB, aggravate, agitate, annoy, arouse, badger, bait, be at, bedevil, beset, bother, bristle, brown off, bug, bullyrag, burn up, chafe, chivy, consumption, devil, discompose, distemper, disturb, dog, embitter, exercise …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 16 exasperate — v. (R) it exasperates me that they never keep their promises * * * [ɪg zɑːspəreɪt] (R) it exasperates me that they never keep their promises …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 17 exasperate — ex|as|pe|rate [ıgˈza:spəreıt US ıgˈzæ ] v [T] [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of exasperare, from asper rough ] to make someone very annoyed by continuing to do something that upsets them ▪ It exasperates me to hear comments… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 exasperate — ex|as|per|ate [ ıg zæspə,reıt ] verb transitive to make someone feel annoyed and impatient because things are not happening in the way they want …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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    Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • 20 exasperate — [[t]ɪgzɑ͟ːspəreɪt, zæ̱s [/t]] exasperates, exasperating, exasperated VERB If someone or something exasperates you, they annoy you and make you feel frustrated or upset. [V n] The sheer futility of it all exasperates her. Derived words:… …

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