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.
transitive verb-·at·ed, -·at·ing
- to irritate or annoy very much; make angry; vex
- Archaic to intensify (a feeling, disease, etc.); aggravate
Origin of exasperatefrom Classical Latin exasperatus, past participle of exasperare from ex-, out, from + asperare, to roughen from asper, rough: see asperity
- Archaic exasperated
- Bot. having rough and prickly skin
Origin of exasperatefrom Classical Latin exasperatus: see exasperate
transitive verbex·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 of exasperateLatin exasperāre exasperāt- ex- intensive pref. ; see ex- . asperāre to make rough ( from asper rough )
(third-person singular simple present exasperates, present participle exasperating, simple past and past participle exasperated)
(comparative more exasperate, superlative most exasperate)
- (obsolete) Exasperated; embittered.