Definition of exasperate :
1. Exasperated; imbittered.
2. To irritate in a high degree; to provoke; to enrage; to exscite or to inflame the anger of; as, to exasperate a person or his feelings.
3. To make grievous, or more grievous or malignant; to aggravate; to imbitter; as, to exasperate enmity.
aggravate (part of speech: verb)
infuriate, nag, aggravate, needle, hassle, trouble, envenom, disturb, arouse, fret, irk, exacerbate, harass, harry, tease, pester, grate, bother, vex, upset, enrage, annoy, torment, antagonize, bait, badger, rankle, inflame, perturb, discompose, chafe, irritate, bedevil, peeve
irritate (part of speech: verb)
- There was a thought tormenting his brain, a terrifying thought he had pledged himself not to dismiss, and it seemed to exasperate him against Pennyloaf. - "The Nether World", George Gissing.
- His mother's words and manner seemed to exasperate her son beyond endurance, and he exclaimed passionately: Well, curse it all! - "A Knight Of The Nineteenth Century", E. P. Roe.
- Yet Amber's impulse was to wait, and he faltered- something which seemed to exasperate the Gurkha, who fairly danced with excitement and impatience. - "The Bronze Bell", Louis Joseph Vance.