Frustration is a feeling of annoyance that occurs when something doesn't go as you expect. There are few things more likely to cause frustration for an impatient driver than rush hour traffic.

When you can't get what you want, or you're stuck in some way, you'll experience frustration. A spelling bee competitor who almost wins will feel frustration. The thing that causes you to feel this way can also be called a frustration — like your moody sister, the frustration of your home life. Frustration comes from the Latin frustrationem, "a deception or a disappointment."

Definitions of frustration

n an act of hindering someone's plans or efforts

foiling, thwarting
Type of:
hinderance, hindrance, interference
the act of hindering or obstructing or impeding

n the feeling that accompanies an experience of being thwarted in attaining your goals

Type of:
disappointment, letdown
a feeling of dissatisfaction that results when your expectations are not realized

n a feeling of annoyance at being hindered or criticized

“her constant complaints were the main source of his frustration
Type of:
annoyance, chafe, vexation
anger produced by some annoying irritation

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