[ fruh-strey-shuh n ]
/ frʌˈstreɪ ʃən /


act of frustrating; state of being frustrated: the frustration of the president's efforts.
an instance of being frustrated: to experience a series of frustrations before completing a project.
something that frustrates, as an unresolved problem.
a feeling of dissatisfaction, often accompanied by anxiety or depression, resulting from unfulfilled needs or unresolved problems.

Origin of frustration

1425–75; late Middle English frustracioun < Latin frustrātiōn- (stem of frustrātiō) deception, disappointment. See frustrate, -ion

OTHER WORDS FROM frustration

non·frus·tra·tion, noun o·ver·frus·tra·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for frustration

/ (frʌˈstreɪʃən) /


the condition of being frustrated
something that frustrates
  1. the prevention or hindering of a potentially satisfying activity
  2. the emotional reaction to such prevention that may involve aggression

Medical definitions for frustration

[ frŭ-strāshən ]


The condition that results when an impulse or an action is thwarted by an external or an internal force.
The blocking or thwarting of an impulse, purpose, or action.