Adjective "frustrating" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Prevent (a plan or attempted action) from progressing, succeeding, or being fulfilled.
  1. 'Now Constantine had had enough of their pagan attempts to frustrate his policies.'
  2. 'Jeff Tracy and his sons sort out natural disasters and frustrate the dastardly plans of the megalomaniac villain called the Hood.'
  3. 'However, the police frustrated the attempt to attack the houses of one community.'
  4. 'But he said Russian opposition could continue to frustrate British-backed plans to reform UN sanctions against Iraq.'
  5. 'In the case cited, however, one is voting for him precisely in order to frustrate his pro-abortion purposes.'
  6. 'It illustrates how the little man can, in the end, outwit and frustrate the grandiose plans of the great.'
  7. 'Margaret had told Miss Gillies that she was' frustrating her ambition '.'
  8. 'These, it sees, are attempting to frustrate their progression to the police boards.'
  9. 'For some time, his ambition was frustrated by those who said that he simply wasn't at that level.'
  10. 'Good plans are often frustrated by those who occupy strategic positions.'
  11. 'in numerous policy areas, central government has been frustrated by local authorities'
Cause (someone) to feel upset or annoyed as a result of being unable to change or achieve something.
  1. 'Almost none of these fights are necessary to the plot; instead, they are pointless digressions, guaranteed to frustrate any viewer actually taking an interest in the story.'
  2. 'The most frustrating aspect of it all is that I have no choice.'
  3. 'The man could be so frustrating sometimes.'
  4. 'For most people this phase is the most frustrating aspect of dog ownership.'
  5. 'Awkward, meaningless, or otherwise inappropriate staging frustrates the actor, often leading to a poor performance because it does not ‘work’ for him.'
  6. 'Allowing the produce to go to waste will not only frustrate farmers, but will also render fruitless, all the good efforts so far made to revive agriculture which collapsed in the last decade, due to bad policies.'
  7. 'But it's so frustrating sometimes, 'cause she's got so much baggage that she's carrying around.'
  8. 'Rain delays are hugely frustrating for players and fans alike.'
  9. 'She was so frustrating sometimes that he felt like throwing in the germ filled towel he called their friendship.'
  10. 'When you see these polls that show your popularity down a bit, it doesn't frustrate you?'




    1. to make (plans, efforts, etc.) worthless or of no avail; defeat; nullify: The student's indifference frustrated the teacher's efforts to help him.

    2. to disappoint or thwart (a person): a talented woman whom life had frustrated. verb (used without object), frustrated, frustrating.

    3. to become frustrated: His trouble is that he frustrates much too easily. adjective

    4. Obsolete. frustrated.

    More examples(as adjective)

    "years can be frustrating for authorities."

    "wars can be frustrating for enthusiasts."

    "shortages can be frustrating to owners."

    "processes can be frustrating for people."

    "plugs can be frustrating with strips."

    More examples++


    (frustrate)Late Middle English: from Latin frustrat- ‘disappointed’, from the verb frustrare, from frustra ‘in vain’.