- To exasperate is defined as to cause someone to become greatly irritated or annoyed.
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.
exasperate definition by Webster's New World
- to irritate or annoy very much; make angry; vex
- Archaic to intensify (a feeling, disease, etc.); aggravate
Origin: ; from Classical Latin exasperatus, past participle of exasperare ; from ex-, out, from plush asperare, to roughen ; from asper, rough: see asperity
- Archaic exasperated
- Bot. having rough and prickly skin
Origin: ; from Classical Latin exasperatus: see exasperate
exasperate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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