What does frustration mean?

Definitions for frustration
frʌˈstreɪ ʃənfrus·tra·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. frustration, defeatnoun

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

  2. frustration, thwarting, foilingnoun

    an act of hindering someone's plans or efforts

  3. frustrationnoun

    a feeling of annoyance at being hindered or criticized

    "her constant complaints were the main source of his frustration"


  1. frustrationnoun

    The act of frustrating, or the state, or an instance of being frustrated

    Etymology: From frustratio, related to frustra.

  2. frustrationnoun

    A thing that frustrates

    Etymology: From frustratio, related to frustra.

  3. frustrationnoun

    The feeling of annoyance when one's actions are criticized or hindered

    Etymology: From frustratio, related to frustra.

  4. frustrationnoun

    Anger not directed at anything or anyone in particular

    Etymology: From frustratio, related to frustra.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Frustrationnoun

    the act of frustrating; disappointment; defeat; as, the frustration of one's designs

    Etymology: [L. frustratio: cf. OF. frustration.]


  1. Frustration

    In psychology, frustration is a common emotional response to opposition. Related to anger and disappointment, it arises from the perceived resistance to the fulfillment of individual will. The greater the obstruction, and the greater the will, the more the frustration is likely to be. Causes of frustration may be internal or external. In people, internal frustration may arise from challenges in fulfilling personal goals and desires, instinctual drives and needs, or dealing with perceived deficiencies, such as a lack of confidence or fear of social situations. Conflict can also be an internal source of frustration; when one has competing goals that interfere with one another, it can create cognitive dissonance. External causes of frustration involve conditions outside an individual, such as a blocked road or a difficult task. While coping with frustration, some individuals may engage in passive–aggressive behavior, making it difficult to identify the original cause of their frustration, as the responses are indirect. A more direct, and common response, is a propensity towards aggression.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Frustration

    The motivational and/or affective state resulting from being blocked, thwarted, disappointed or defeated.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'frustration' in Nouns Frequency: #2119

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of frustration in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of frustration in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of frustration in a Sentence

  1. Jeb Bush:

    Look Donald Trump says these things to prey on people's fears, their anger, their frustration with Washington. He's quite effective at it, but he doesn't know what he's talking about and he's not a serious leader, we're living in difficult times, we need serious leadership to be able to solve the problems that we have domestically and lead America around the world so that we can create peace and security for ourselves.

  2. Ehsan Sehgal:

    If partners understand and match each other, it fragrances passion and affection; otherwise, it causes frustration and depression.

  3. Dawn Butler:

    I have my frustrations with Tom too, i haven't seen him at a shadow cabinet meeting for a while and so I can understand people's frustration - but we are a broad church.

  4. Emeasoba George:

    What cuts & dries up depression/frustration is happiness/inspiration/motivation. So, always be happy/inspired/motivated.

  5. Lara Brown:

    If he continues, he will only further engender frustration among Democratic Party officials and all of those individuals who are engaged at the super delegate level. And what he’s now achieving is really only his own desire to finish, and be in a position where he could protest or engage in some form of minority delegate platform negotiation at the convention.

Images & Illustrations of frustration

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