exasperate

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exasperate (third-person singular simple present exasperates, present participle exasperating, simple past and past participle exasperated)

  1. To frustrate, vex, provoke, or annoy; to make angry.
    • c. 1611, William Shakespeare, Macbeth, act 3, sc. 6:
      this report
      Hath so exasperate the king that he
      Prepares for some attempt of war.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, ch. 3:
      The picture represents a Cape-Horner in a great hurricane; the half-foundered ship weltering there with its three dismantled masts alone visible; and an exasperated whale, purposing to spring clean over the craft, is in the enormous act of impaling himself upon the three mast-heads.
    • 1853, Charles Dickens, Bleak House, ch. 11:
      Beadle goes into various shops and parlours, examining the inhabitants; always shutting the door first, and by exclusion, delay, and general idiotcy, exasperating the public.
    • 1987, "Woman of the Year: Corazon Aquino," Time, 5 Jan:
      [S]he exasperates her security men by acting as if she were protected by some invisible shield.
    • 2007, "Loyal Mail," Times Online (UK), 4 June (retrieved 7 Oct 2010):
      News that Adam Crozier, Royal Mail chief executive, is set to receive a bumper bonus will exasperate postal workers.

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exasperate (comparative more exasperate, superlative most exasperate)

  1. (obsolete) Exasperated; embittered.
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    • Elizabeth Browning
      Like swallows which the exasperate dying year / Sets spinning.

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Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

exasperāte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of exasperō