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. Leon Panetta:

    The problem today is that Washington is more dysfunctional than ever, and there is a growing inability of the President and the leadership and the Congress to be able to work together to get things done, and that frustration may clearly be having an impact on the people who work in the legislative area.

  2. Susanne Langer:

    In human life, art may arise from almost any activity, and once it does so, it is launched on a long road of exploration, invention, freedom to the limits of extravagance, interference to the point of frustration, finally discipline, controlling constant change and growth.

  3. Reilly Smith:

    A lot of frustration when you come out in a playoff game like that, everyone’s pretty upset about it, and the best thing you can do is try to learn from it and make your next shift your best.

  4. Young Kim:

    Because our President's name was not on the ballot in the 2018 cycle, you saw a lot of people... let out their anger and frustration by voting against any and all Republican candidates, in 2020, because The President will be on the ballot, they have a choice, and there will be a lot of split voters.

  5. Joe Jones:

    I am here to show that Freddie's loss of life was not in vain, there's a lot of frustration, a lot of disappointment.

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