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Is there a stronger word for "highly frustrated" or "feeling very hopeless"?
So If I want to tell someone that I am highly frustrated by the work I am doing or convey that it's very demotivating, what are the alternative words I can use there?

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    Hi. Have you tried looking up alternatives in a Thesaurus? such as this one
    – Billy Kerr
    May 4, 2023 at 18:56
  • I'd say "disillusioned" but I don't have the reputation to post. I think frustration usually happens as a result of having high expectations, and being let down. If you had low expectations to start with, you wouldn't feel frustrated. So I would use "disillusioned" to convey that you had high expectations but were let down, frustrated, and feel hopeless. May 5, 2023 at 20:12

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You could try “despondent”:

Adjective: despondent (comparative more despondent, superlative most despondent)

In low spirits from loss of hope or courage.

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/despondent

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Disheartened

no longer confident or enthusiastic about something

Wordhippo.com has various synonyms for disheartened to convey

Having lost determination or confidence

Feeling angry or annoyed

Suffering from frustration or dissatisfaction

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I would suggest "exasperated" as a synonym for very frustrated and maybe "soul-sucking" to describe work that is very demotivating.

References: List of synonyms for 'very frustrating': https://www.thesaurus.com/browse/most%20frustrating

For 'soul-sucking': (the link is to someone's blog, which illustrates the phrase being used in context) https://btr.michaelkwan.com/2017/12/01/soul-sucking-habits/

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Perhaps you are "at wit's end":

The limit of one's sanity or mental capacity; the point of desperation.

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/wits%27_end

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The work you're asking me to do is very demoralizing

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Wiktionary gives "despairing", meaning "Feeling, expressing, or caused by despair; hopeless."

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  • Desperate is better than despairing.
    – John Douma
    May 6, 2023 at 3:07

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