Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb frustrate

2 senses of frustrate

Sense 1
thwart, queer, spoil, scotch, foil, cross, frustrate, baffle, bilk -- (hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of; "What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge"; "foil your opponent")
       => prevent, forestall, foreclose, preclude, forbid -- (keep from happening or arising; make impossible; "My sense of tact forbids an honest answer"; "Your role in the projects precludes your involvement in the competitive project")

Sense 2
torment, rag, bedevil, crucify, dun, frustrate -- (treat cruelly; "The children tormented the stuttering teacher")
       => harass, hassle, harry, chivy, chivvy, chevy, chevvy, beset, plague, molest, provoke -- (annoy continually or chronically; "He is known to harry his staff when he is overworked"; "This man harasses his female co-workers")

Antonyms of adj frustrating

2 senses of frustrating

Sense 1
frustrating -- (discouraging by hindering)

INDIRECT (VIA discouraging) -> encouraging -- (giving courage or confidence or hope; "encouraging advances in medical research")

Sense 2
frustrating, frustrative, thwarting -- (preventing realization or attainment of a desire)

INDIRECT (VIA preventive) -> permissive -- (not preventive)

Similarity of adj frustrating

2 senses of frustrating

Sense 1
frustrating -- (discouraging by hindering)
       => discouraging (vs. encouraging) -- (depriving of confidence or hope or enthusiasm and hence often deterring action; "where never is heard a discouraging word")

Sense 2
frustrating, frustrative, thwarting -- (preventing realization or attainment of a desire)
       => preventive (vs. permissive), preventative -- (tending to prevent or hinder)

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