frustration Definition

  • 1the feeling of being upset or annoyed as a result of being unable to change or achieve something
  • 2the prevention of the progress, success, or fulfillment of something

Using frustration: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "frustration" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He expressed his frustration with the slow pace of the project.

  • Example

    The team's failure to win the championship was a source of frustration for the coach.

  • Example

    I gave up on the task in frustration.

  • Example

    Her constant interruptions were causing me frustration.

frustration Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using frustration

  • to be extremely upset or frustrated about something


    I've been tearing my hair out in frustration trying to fix this computer problem.

  • to discard or get rid of something in a fit of frustration or anger


    He threw his phone out of frustration when it wouldn't stop ringing.

  • bang one's head against a wall

    to try repeatedly and unsuccessfully to accomplish something, resulting in frustration


    I feel like I'm banging my head against a wall trying to get this project done on time.

Phrases with frustration

  • the ability to cope with and tolerate frustrating situations without becoming overwhelmed or upset


    Developing frustration tolerance is an important skill for success in life.

  • the state of being sexually unfulfilled or unsatisfied


    His sexual frustration was causing him to become irritable and moody.

  • road rage

    a strong emotional reaction of anger or frustration exhibited by a driver in response to perceived aggressive or inconsiderate driving by another driver


    He experienced road rage when another driver cut him off in traffic.

Origins of frustration

from Latin 'frustratio', meaning 'disappointment'


Summary: frustration in Brief

The term 'frustration' [frʌˈstreɪʃən] refers to the feeling of being upset or annoyed due to the inability to change or achieve something. It can also refer to the prevention of progress, success, or fulfillment. Examples include expressing frustration with the slow pace of a project or giving up on a task in frustration. Phrases like 'frustration tolerance' and 'sexual frustration' denote specific types of frustration, while idioms like 'tear one's hair out in frustration' and 'bang one's head against a wall' describe the intensity of frustration.

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