To exasperate is defined as to cause someone to become greatly irritated or annoyed.verb
When you repeatedly poke someone while whining and yelling at him, this is an example of a situation where you are likely to exasperate him.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- Archaic exasperated
- Bot. having rough and prickly skin
Origin: < L exasperatus: see exasperate
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transitive verb ex·as·per·at·ed, ex·as·per·at·ing, ex·as·per·ates
- To make very angry or impatient; annoy greatly.
- To increase the gravity or intensity of: “a scene . . . that exasperates his rose fever and makes him sneeze” (Samuel Beckett).
Origin: Latin exasperāre, exasperāt- : ex-, intensive pref.; see ex- + asperāre, to make rough (from asper, rough).
- ex·asˈper·atˌed·ly adverb
- ex·asˈper·atˌer noun
- ex·asˈper·atˌing·ly adverb