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
    Commented 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. Commented 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.




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


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/


Perhaps you are "at wit's end":

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



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


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

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

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