Obnoxious vs Exasperate - What's the difference?

obnoxious | exasperate |

As adjectives the difference between obnoxious and exasperate

is that obnoxious is extremely unpleasant, offensive, very annoying, odious or contemptible while exasperate is (obsolete) exasperated; embittered.

As a verb exasperate is

to frustrate, vex, provoke, or annoy; to make angry.



Alternative forms

* obnoctious (obsolete)


(en adjective)
  • Extremely unpleasant, offensive, very annoying, odious or contemptible.
  • He was an especially obnoxious and detestable specimen of a man.
    Throwing stones at the bus is another example of your obnoxious behaviour.
  • (archaic) exposed to harm or injury.
  • * 1661 , , page 26,
  • To begin then with his Experiment of the burning Wood, it seems to me to be obnoxious to not a few considerable Exceptions.




  • To frustrate, vex, provoke, or annoy; to make angry.
  • * , Macbeth , act 3, sc. 6:
  • this report
    Hath so exasperate the king that he
    Prepares for some attempt of war.
  • * 1851 , , Moby Dick , ch. 3:
  • The picture represents a Cape-Horner in a great hurricane; the half-foundered ship weltering there with its three dismantled masts alone visible; and an exasperated whale, purposing to spring clean over the craft, is in the enormous act of impaling himself upon the three mast-heads.
  • * 1853 , , Bleak House , ch. 11:
  • Beadle goes into various shops and parlours, examining the inhabitants; always shutting the door first, and by exclusion, delay, and general idiotcy, exasperating the public.
  • * 1987 , " Woman of the Year: Corazon Aquino," Time , 5 Jan:
  • [S]he exasperates her security men by acting as if she were protected by some invisible shield.
  • * 2007 , " Loyal Mail," Times Online (UK), 4 June (retrieved 7 Oct 2010):
  • News that Adam Crozier, Royal Mail chief executive, is set to receive a bumper bonus will exasperate postal workers.


    (en adjective)
  • (obsolete) Exasperated; embittered.
  • (Shakespeare)
  • * Elizabeth Browning
  • Like swallows which the exasperate dying year / Sets spinning.

    See also

    * exacerbate ----