Definitions for frustrate
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thwart, queer, spoil, scotch, foil, cross, frustrate, baffle, bilkverb
hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of
"What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge"; "foil your opponent"
torment, rag, bedevil, crucify, dun, frustrateverb
"The children tormented the stuttering teacher"
To disappoint or defeat; to vex by depriving of something expected or desired.
It frustrates me to do all this work and then lose it all.
To hinder or thwart.
My clumsy fingers frustrate my typing efforts.
To cause stress or panic
This test frustrates me because if I fail, it'll destroy my grade.
vain; ineffectual; useless; nugatory
Etymology: From frustro.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: from the verb.
He is drown’d
Whom thus we stray to find, and the sea mocks
Our frustrate search on land. William Shakespeare, Tempest.
The ruler of the province of Judea being by Julian busied in the re-edifying of this temple, flaming balls of fire issuing near the foundation, and oft consuming the workmen, made the enterprise frustrate. Walter Raleigh, History.
All at once employ their thronging darts;
But out of order thrown, in air they join,
And multitude makes frustrate the design. John Dryden, Ovid.
Few things are so restrained to any one end or purpose, that, the same being extinct, they should forthwith utterly become frustrate. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 42.
Etymology: frustror, Latin; frustrer, Fr.
It is an axiom of nature, that natural desire cannot utterly be frustrate. Richard Hooker, b. i.
To mock the expectations of the world;
To frustrate prophecies, and to raze out
Rotten opinion, which hath writ me down
After my seeming. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. ii.
Stern look’d the fiend, as frustrate of his will;
Not half suffic’d, and greedy yet to kill. Dryden.
Not more almighty to resist our might,
Than wise to frustrate all our plots and wiles. John Milton, P. Lost.
The act of parliament which gave all his lands to the queen, did cut off and frustrate all such conveyances. Edmund Spenser.
Now thou hast aveng’d
Supplanted Adam; and by vanquishing
Temptation, hast regain’d lost paradise,
And frustrated the conquest fraudulent. John Milton, Par. Reg.
The peculiar strength of the motive may of itself perhaps contribute to frustrate the efficacy of it, rendering it liable to be suspected by him to whom it is addressed. Francis Atterbury, Serm.
In psychology, frustration is a common emotional response to opposition, related to anger, annoyance and disappointment. Frustration arises from the perceived resistance to the fulfillment of an individual's will or goal and is likely to increase when a will or goal is denied or blocked. There are two types of frustration: internal and external. Internal frustration may arise from challenges in fulfilling personal goals, desires, instinctual drives and needs, or dealing with perceived deficiencies, such as a lack of confidence or fear of social situations. Conflict, such as when one has competing goals that interfere with one another, can also be an internal source of frustration or annoyance and can create cognitive dissonance. External causes of frustration involve conditions outside an individual's control, such as a physical roadblock, a difficult task, or the perception of wasting time. There are multiple ways individuals cope with frustration such as passive–aggressive behavior, anger, or violence, although frustration may also propel positive processes via enhanced effort and strive. This broad range of potential outcomes makes it difficult to identify the original cause(s) of frustration, as the responses may be indirect. However, a more direct and common response is a propensity towards aggression.
To frustrate means to prevent something from progressing, succeeding, or being fulfilled, often causing feelings of disappointment or dissatisfaction. It can also refer to the feeling of being upset or annoyed as a result of being unable to change or achieve something.
vain; ineffectual; useless; unprofitable; null; voil; nugatory; of no effect
to bring to nothing; to prevent from attaining a purpose; to disappoint; to defeat; to baffle; as, to frustrate a plan, design, or attempt; to frustrate the will or purpose
to make null; to nullifly; to render invalid or of no effect; as, to frustrate a conveyance or deed
Etymology: [L. frustratus, p. p. of frustrare, frustrari, to deceive, frustrate, fr. frustra in vain, witout effect, in erorr, prob. for frudtra and akin to fraus, E. fraud.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
frus′trāt, v.t. to make vain or of no effect: to bring to nothing: to defeat.—p.adj. vain, ineffectual, defeated.—adj. Frus′trable, capable of being frustrated.—n. Frustrā′tion, disappointment: defeat.—adjs. Frus′trative, tending to frustrate; Frus′tratory, disappointing. [L. frustrāri, frustrātus—frustra, in vain.]
The numerical value of frustrate in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of frustrate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
It is good to vary in order that you may frustrate the curious, especially those who envy you.
This was an ugly print and speaks to the headwinds Oracle is seeing in the field as their legacy database business is seeing slowing growth, while cloud has seen pockets of strength, overall the excuses we see out of Oracle have continued to frustrate Wall Street.
I think it would be nice if he would actually focus on defeating ISIS, on calling radical Islamic terrorism what it is, instead of talking about how we can intimidate and frustrate the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens.
Don’t get me wrong, I have tough days and there are things that I try to do that frustrate me that are a lot harder because of my blindness.
This development will surely spook bank purchasers who have become an increasing part of the company’s funding base, further frustrate the investment community, and ultimately result in stricter scrutiny from both federal and state regulators.
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