What does frustration mean?

Definitions for frustration
frʌˈstreɪ ʃənfrus·tra·tion

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word frustration.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. frustration, defeat(noun)

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

  2. frustration, thwarting, foiling(noun)

    an act of hindering someone's plans or efforts

  3. frustration(noun)

    a feeling of annoyance at being hindered or criticized

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


  1. frustration(Noun)

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

  2. frustration(Noun)

    A thing that frustrates

  3. frustration(Noun)

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

  4. frustration(Noun)

    Anger not directed at anything or anyone in particular

  5. Origin: From frustratio, related to frustra.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Frustration(noun)

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

  2. Origin: [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. Jim Furyk:

    A lot of pent-up frustration.

  2. Werner Lesar (could it really be an original thought?):

    All frustration comes from unmet expectations.

  3. Dimitri Bontinck:

    This verdict could create more hate and frustration.

  4. Colorado Democratic:

    No, no, I don't think there's a sense of frustration.

  5. Kellyanne Conway:

    The president has expressed frustration and consternation.

Images & Illustrations of frustration

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Translations for frustration

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  • إحباطArabic
  • разочарованиеBulgarian
  • Frustration, FrustGerman
  • frustraciónSpanish
  • نا امیدیPersian
  • turhautuneisuus, vastus, frustraatio, turhautuminen, harmitus, vaiva, turhauttaminen, [[turhauttava]] [[juttu]]Finnish
  • frustrationFrench
  • frustrazioneItalian
  • hēmanawatangaMāori
  • frustratieDutch
  • frustraçãoPortuguese
  • frustrație, frustrareRomanian
  • крах, срыв, разочарование, расстройство, неудовлетворённость, фрустрация, крушениеRussian
  • frustrácijaSerbo-Croatian
  • frustrationSwedish

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