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

  2. frustrationnoun

    A thing that frustrates

  3. frustrationnoun

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

  4. frustrationnoun

    Anger not directed at anything or anyone in particular

  5. Etymology: From frustratio, related to frustra.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Frustrationnoun

    Disappointment; defeat.

    Etymology: frustratio, Latin, from frustrate.

    In states notoriously irreligious, a secret and irresistible power countermands their deepest projects, splits their counsels, and smites their most refined policies with frustration and a curse. Robert South, Sermons.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Frustrationnoun

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

  2. 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. Daniel Gafford:

    It just kind of fell apart from there, it was something that we could've easily fixed, but at the time there was a lot of frustration out there. Guys weren't hitting shots. It happens.

  2. Bill Lavin:

    Here's the frustration : the polls say the vast majority are in favor of background checks and common-sense gun control, nobody is against the hunters. There are members of Sandy Hook families who are gun owners.

  3. Ed Keon:

    This is obviously Delta-related, there is a lot of frustration about supply chains and finding labor. The big jump in wages last month may simply be due to the lack of growth in lower paying services jobs.

  4. Margaret Weichert:

    As the proposals get traction in this type of dialogue about substance as opposed to process, we will follow the process that you always have in considering legislative proposals, we're not there yet. So, I understand the frustration that we're not there yet, but the task that we had was to be big enough. So that was the expanding part of the task.

  5. Bert Hansen:

    There's some pent up frustration in the population right now that's ready to explode, that's why Trump's doing so well.

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