Definition of frustration noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//frʌˈstreɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//frʌˈstreɪʃn//
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  1. 1[uncountable] the feeling of being frustrated Dave thumped the table in frustration. She couldn't stand the frustration of not being able to help. sexual frustration
  2. 2[countable, usually plural] something that causes you to feel frustrated Every job has its difficulties and frustrations. She took out her frustrations on the children.
  3. 3[uncountable] frustration of something (formal) the fact that something is preventing something/somebody from succeeding the frustration of all his ambitions
  4. Word Originmid 16th cent.: from Latin frustratio(n-), from frustrare ‘disappoint’, from frustra ‘in vain’.Extra examples He took his pent-up frustration out on his family. He was still seething with angry frustration. I agree that we are accomplishing nothing at the moment, and I share your frustration. I could have wept with frustration. I sensed frustration in her voice. I shouted at him in sheer frustration. I was crying out of frustration. Many have expressed frustration at the delays. My biggest frustration was not having enough time. Several people resigned through frustration. There were tears of frustration in her eyes. These petty rules can lead to frustration and anger. They’re showing frustration over the lack of progress. their frustration with bureaucracy weeping with frustration Dave thumped the table in frustration. She couldn’t stand the frustration of not being able to help.
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