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Posted by TheFallen on September 24, 2003

In Reply to: Meaning posted by [email protected] on September 24, 2003

: : The words anger and exasperation are synonym's but how would you elpain the difference between them?

: : Thanks
: Not synonymous, really. One can be angry without being exasperated; one can be exasperated without being angry. Anger is an emotion of hostility towards a person, situation, or condition. One could be angry at something sudden, like dropping something fragile. Exasperation includes anger, but also includes irritation or annoyance. You could be exasperated by a puzzle you can't solve.

To add a little to the mix, exasperation is a kind of sub-set of the more general word anger. Exasperation always includes an element of frustration.