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  • An exasperated painter gives up on his painting. He sits under two statues of women. One is titled 'the real' and the other is titled 'the ideal.' He has written 'Namby Pamby' on his painting
    An exasperated painter gives up on his painting. He sits under two statues of women. One is titled 'the real' and the other is titled 'the ideal.' He has written 'Namby Pamby' on his painting
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj exasperating making worse
    • adj exasperating extremely annoying or displeasing "his cavelier curtness of manner was exasperating","I've had an exasperating day","her infuriating indifference","the ceaseless tumult of the jukebox was maddening"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A woman shows her daughters her fine buttons. Her husband sits at his desk, which is covered with piles of papers. He looks exasperated. The caption says: “There my child, have I not as many buttons as Lady Golderoy now?” A woman shows her daughters her fine buttons. Her husband sits at his desk, which is covered with piles of papers. He...

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The original title of the musical "Hello Dolly!" was "Dolly: A Damned Exasperating Woman." Why did they change it? The original had such music, poetry, and pizzazz.
    • exasperating Irritating; vexatious.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Being rude to a telephone operator in Prussia was once a crime. In 1908, a respected citizen was reprimanded by the government after becoming exasperated with an operator and saying "My dear girl!"
    • adjs Exasperating provoking
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  • Bible
    “Fathers do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. [Ephesians 6:4]”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ex, inten., asperāre, to make rough—asper, rough.


In literature:

You would have all the present irritation and exasperation.
"A Leap in the Dark" by A.V. Dicey
These trying and exasperating circumstances were but the friendly precursors of a spirit of universal liberty.
"History of the Negro Race in America From 1619 to 1880. Vol 1" by George W. Williams
Women sometimes out of pure wantonness try to exasperate a man so that he falls into courses which bring his end swiftly.
"Side Lights" by James Runciman
A stiff classical bronze statue, a Minerva by a member of the Institute, had exasperated them at the very door.
"His Masterpiece" by Emile Zola
Matthias, greatly exasperated, made the best terms he could with Poland, and again led his armies in Austria.
"The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power" by John S. C. Abbott
Lubin's erudition was certainly very great, but there was something exasperating about it too.
"Austin and His Friends" by Frederic H. Balfour
Will the bordering people sink down from war, and all its exasperations, and become as peaceful as lambs?
"Continental Monthly, Vol. II. July, 1862. No. 1." by Various
The climate of Rome at this time of extreme damp I have found equally exasperating and weakening.
"At Home And Abroad" by Margaret Fuller Ossoli
The little boys observed him with exasperation.
"The Other Girls" by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
As it was my job to lean out and whisper into the sentry's "pearly," I got rather exasperated.
"Fanny Goes to War" by Pat Beauchamp
She clattered the cups and saucers as if something in the lazy argument had exasperated her.
"The Safety Curtain, and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
May I add one word to those whom we, in exasperation, are apt to call aggressively strong?
"The Secret of a Happy Home (1896)" by Marion Harland
This exasperated Caecina's headstrong nature.
"Tacitus: The Histories, Volumes I and II" by Caius Cornelius Tacitus
Night after night continued exasperatingly calm.
"Personal Reminiscences in Book Making" by R.M. Ballantyne
These sudden overflows of exasperated feeling had become less frequent as time went on, but the neighbours looked askance at Mrs. Temperley.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
Exasperation of mind, now joined to the heat of the weather, which was excessive, rapidly wasted my health and impaired my faculties.
"The Story of the Upper Canada Rebellion, Volume 1" by John Charles Dent
This result so exasperated him, that he left Basle in high dudgeon.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
It would not exasperate him?
"Fairy Fingers" by Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
Probably the next arraignment is still more exasperating.
"Danger! A True History of a Great City's Wiles and Temptations" by William Howe
M. Gerbois, in his exasperation, was guilty of the colossal blunder of showing this letter and allowing it to be copied.
"The Blonde Lady" by Maurice Leblanc

In poetry:

Him, many a deadly snake to feed,
Sansado would engage;
And more, by many a noxious weed,
Exasperate their rage.
"The Serpents" by William Hayley
Of old, 'twas life exasperate, huge and tense,
Swung savage at some stallion's mane--life, fleet.
With mighty lightnings flashing 'neath her feet,
Upreared immensely over space immense.
"The Rope-Maker" by Emile Verhaeren
There’s nothing so exasperates a true Australian youth,
Whatever be his rank in life, be he cultured or uncouth,
As the manner of a London swell. Now it chanced, the other day,
That one came out, consigned to me—a cousin, by the way.
"My Cousin From Pall Mall" by Arthur Patchett Martin
“Is there literary friendship ’twix the sexes? don’t you think?”
And they wink their idiotic and exasperating wink.
“Can’t we kiss a clever woman without wanting any more?”
And their clock-work nod is only more decided than before.
"The Sorrows of a Simple Bard" by Henry Lawson
O my fellow sufferers, we went out under the trees,
We were in especial bored with male stupidity.
We went forth gathering delicate thoughts,
Our ‘fantastikon’ delighted to serve us.
We were not exasperated with women,
for the female is ductile.
"The Condolence" by Ezra Pound

In news:

First it was simply exasperation and amusement at the unhinged rantings of Glenn Beck.
Cargo bombs exasperated already tense mood.
This campaign was exasperating .
Exasperation builds on Day 3 in storm-stricken NYC.
Inspiration and exasperation at the old marsh.
The Exasperation of the Democratic Billionaire.
But the mash-up plot of 'Cloud Atlas' is largely exasperating.
An exasperated Circuit Judge Markley Dennis looks on during last week's hearing.
Chief Justice Roberts, according to this Fox News report, seemed "exasperated" with the solicitor general's arguments.
Sometimes it's the role of a dad to look at his kid or kids and, in exasperation, ask, "What are you doing.".
CAIRO—"Maybe we just need to buy CNN," says Sheik Ali Gomaa, more than a hint of exasperation creeping into his voice.
The summer theater season has just begun, and I've already seen what I hope will be the most exasperating play of the year.
It's particularly fitting that the title of Damien Hirst 's new headline-grabbing work came from an exasperated exclamation of his mother's: "For the love of God, what are you going to do next.".
Many men may find buying their loved ones the perfect Valentines gift an exasperating chore.
Exasperation builds on Day 3 in storm-stricken NYC.

In science:

In addition, the introduction of e-mail into the mainstream further exasperated the copious amounts of text residing in computers (termed ‘electronic junk’ by Denning ).
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
Moreover, delay errors have been widely reported in implementations of broadband analogue correlators and simulations have shown that delay errors exasperate the effects of aliasing.
A spectral synthesis method to suppress aliasing and calibrate for delay errors in Fourier transform correlators
Sophie suspects some kind of trick, but is too exasperated to investigate and so launches the ball into the air.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
With that, the grasshopper gave a big leap into the air, slightly exasperated by the folly so often displayed by his fellow insects.
Interplay between Network Topology and Dynamics in Neural Systems
We have tried to teach the same lesson in a different context in Ref. [18, 16] to the exasperation of many distinguished people.
Extended set of Majorana spinors, a new dispersion relation, and a preferred frame
The problem of making galaxies and clusters is exasperated without dark matter.
Supersymmetric "Solutions" to Cosmological Problems: Baryogenesis and Dark Matter