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exasperating

Something that's exasperating is frustrating or irritating. Your exasperating roommate might talk loudly on the phone late into the night and then wake up early to make his breakfast and leave your sink full of dirty dishes.

Traffic jams can be exasperating, especially if you're late for an important meeting, and chattering airplane seat mates are especially exasperating on very long flights. Things that make you annoyed are exasperating, and the word stems from the Latin exasperare, "irritate, provoke, or make rough," from the roots ex-, "thoroughly," and asper, "rough."

Definitions of exasperating
  1. adjective
    extremely annoying or displeasing
    “I've had an exasperating day”
    synonyms: infuriating, maddening, vexing
    displeasing
    causing displeasure or lacking pleasing qualities
  2. adjective
    making worse
    synonyms: aggravating, exacerbating
    intensifying
    increasing in strength or intensity
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