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exasperate

ex·as·per·ate

exasperate

 
 
pronunciation:
ihg zae sp reIt
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part of speech: verb
inflections: exasperated, exasperates, exasperating
definition: to bother or annoy to the point of causing anger.
The trumpet player exasperated his neighbors by playing so loudly.
synonyms:
provoke
antonyms:
appease, please
similar words:
aggravate, annoy, bug, frustrate, irritate, plague, prod, ruffle
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The word exasperate contains the following parts:
asper Latin root that means rough
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-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).