Obnoxious vs Exasperate - What's the difference?
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.
* obnoctious (obsolete)
Extremely unpleasant, offensive, very annoying, odious or contemptible.
- He was an especially obnoxious and detestable specimen of a man.
(archaic) exposed to harm or injury.
* 1661 , , page 26,
- Throwing stones at the bus is another example of your obnoxious behaviour.
- 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
* 1851 , , Moby Dick , ch. 3:
- Prepares for some attempt of war.
* 1853 , , Bleak House , ch. 11:
- 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.
* 1987 , "
- 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.
Woman of the Year: Corazon Aquino," Time , 5 Jan:
* 2007 , "
- [S]he exasperates her security men by acting as if she were protected by some invisible shield.
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.
(obsolete) Exasperated; embittered.
* Elizabeth Browning
- Like swallows which the exasperate dying year / Sets spinning.