- the condition of being frustrated
- something that frustrates
- the prevention or hindering of a potentially satisfying activity
- the emotional reaction to such prevention that may involve aggression
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- act of frustrating;
state of being frustrated:the frustration of the president's efforts.
- an instance of being frustrated:to experience a series of frustrations before completing a project.
- something that frustrates, as an unresolved problem.
- Psychologya feeling of dissatisfaction, often accompanied by anxiety or depression, resulting from unfulfilled needs or unresolved problems.
- Latin frustrātiōn- (stem of frustrātiō) deception, disappointment. See frustrate, -ion
- late Middle English frustracioun 1425–75
- to make (plans, efforts, etc.) worthless or of no use;
defeat:The steady rains frustrated our plans.
- to disappoint;
thwart:If you give a child problems that are hard to solve, you may frustrate him.
- to make (plans, efforts, etc.) worthless or of no avail; defeat;
nullify:The student's indifference frustrated the teacher's efforts to help him.
- to disappoint or thwart (a person):a talented woman whom life had frustrated.
- to become frustrated:His trouble is that he frustrates much too easily.
- Latin frustrātus, past participle of frustrārī, verb, verbal derivative of frustrā in vain
- late Middle English 1400–50
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged balk, foil, circumvent. See thwart.