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English definition of “frustration”


noun [C/U] (ANNOYING SITUATION)   /frʌˈstreɪ·ʃən/
disappointment or discouragement, or a discouraging situation: [U] He finally quit in frustration. [U] The teacher confirmed widespread frustration with the lack of up-to-date textbooks. [C] You have to learn to cope with these frustrations.
(Definition of frustration noun (ANNOYING SITUATION) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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