To exasperate someone is to annoy him or her to the point of impatience, frustration and irritation, like when you exasperate a busy waiter by asking questions like "what are all the ingredients in the salad dressing?" and making him repeat the specials five times.

The verb exasperate comes from the Latin word exasperatus, which means “to roughen,” “irritate,” or “provoke.” To exasperate is to make something that is already bad even worse, like when sitting in traffic that is sure to make you late, you exasperate the person who is driving by bringing up an unpleasant topic, or the addition of twenty more students that exasperates the crowding in the cafeteria.

Definitions of exasperate

v make furious

incense, infuriate
Type of:
make angry

v annoy or irritate

aggravate, exacerbate
Type of:
make angry

v make worse

aggravate, exacerbate, worsen
ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate
to make better
ameliorate, better, improve, meliorate
get better
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excite to an abnormal condition, or chafe or inflame
cause inflammation in
cheapen, degrade
lower the grade of something; reduce its worth
devaluate, devalue
remove the value from; deprive of its value
chafe, fret, gall
become or make sore by or as if by rubbing
itch, rub, scratch
scrape or rub as if to relieve itching
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alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

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