from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of frustrating or an instance of being frustrated.
  • n. The state of being frustrated.
  • n. Something that serves to frustrate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of frustrating, or the state, or an instance of being frustrated
  • n. A thing that frustrates
  • n. The feeling of annoyance when one's actions are criticized or hindered
  • n. Anger not directed at anything or anyone in particular

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of frustrating; disappointment; defeat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of frustrating; disappointment; defeat.
  • n. Specifically, in astrology, the cutting off or preventing, by one aspect, of anything shown by another.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the feeling that accompanies an experience of being thwarted in attaining your goals
  • n. an act of hindering someone's plans or efforts
  • n. a feeling of annoyance at being hindered or criticized


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From Latin frustratio ("disappointment"), related to frustrā ("in vain").


  • My main frustration is that school violence gets the most attention when someone gets killed.

    Sound Politics: School shooting

  • That she never threw up her hands and screamed in frustration is a precious snapshot of this remarkable woman.

    Amazing Grace

  • But adding greatly to my frustration is the willingness of people who see themselves as "enlightened progressives" (including many educators), to buy into the radically regressive education reform program being promoted by corporate interests with massive help from Washington.

    Are we still capable of educating for 'us-ness?'

  • But the frustration is the small sigh, not the shower of tears.

    Barnstorming on an Invisible Segway

  • BITTERMANN: But Madam Boyer argues that the fashion world is what she calls a frustration factory, based on deception.

    CNN Transcript Dec 19, 2009

  • I think what compounds my frustration is the fact that there are only two major sources of news in the city of ames; the Daily and Tribune.

    Archive 2005-10-01

  • Q Given what you call the frustration with the sheer amount of cloture votes, has the President, the administration and through Senator Reid, ever talked about calling the Republicans bluff, making them go to an actual filibuster, especially over one of these non-controversial nominees --

    White Press Office Feed

  • It has been subject, Paul says, to "frustration," or "vanity"; the Greek word suggests that creation has been able to attain the purpose for which it was created.

    Vanguard Church

  • French TV cameras showed Hincapie as he watched Nocentini's pack cross the finish line — and he harumphed in frustration that he had not garnered the yellow shirt.

    Ivanov wins Stage 14, Hincapie misses yellow jersey at Tour

  • Or by thumping the wall in frustration at Hodgson's tactics, which have includi playing Raul Meireles on the right and, yesterday at least, $tevie Mbe as a makeshift centre-half?

    Another humiliating defeat


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    May 14, 2010

  • Father's Lesson

    A boy asks his father to explain the differences among irritation, aggravation, and frustration.

    His father picks up the phone and dials a number at random. When the phone is answered, he asks, "Can I speak to Alf, please?"

    "No! There's no one called Alf here," says the person who answered the phone.

    His father hangs up. "That's irritation," he says.

    He picks up the phone again, dials the same number, and asks for Alf a second time. "No-there's no one here called Alf. Go away. If you call again I shall telephone the police," the person says.

    His father hangs up and says, "That's aggravation."

    "Then what's frustration?" asks his son. The father picks up the phone and dials the same number a third time.

    "Hello, this is Alf. Have I received any phone calls?" he asks casually.

    May 14, 2010

  • Classic.

    August 2, 2008

  • Example.

    August 2, 2008