American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To rouse to impatience or anger; annoy: a loud bossy voice that irritates listeners. See Synonyms at annoy.
- v. To chafe or inflame.
- v. Physiology To cause physiological activity or response in (an organ or tissue), as by application of a stimulus.
- v. To be a cause of impatience or anger.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To excite to resentment or anger; annoy; vex; exasperate: as, to be irritated by an officious or a tedious person.
- To excite to automatic action by external agency, as organic tissue; produce motion, contraction, or inflammation in by stimulation: as, to irritate the skin by chafing or the nerves by teasing.
- To give greater force or energy to; excite.
- Synonyms Provoke, Incense, etc. (see exasperate); fret, chafe, nettle, sting, annoy, gall, inflame, excite, anger, enrage.
- Excited; exasperated; intensified.
- To render null and void.
- v. transitive To provoke impatience, anger, or displeasure.
- v. transitive To introduce irritability.
- v. intransitive To cause or induce displeasure or irritation.
- v. transitive To induce pain in (all or part of a body or organism).
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. rare To render null and void.
- v. To increase the action or violence of; to heighten excitement in; to intensify; to stimulate.
- v. To excite anger or displeasure in; to provoke; to tease; to exasperate; to annoy; to vex.
- v. (Physiol.) To produce irritation in; to stimulate; to cause to contract. See Irritation, n., 2.
- v. (Med.) To make morbidly excitable, or oversensitive; to fret
- adj. obsolete Excited; heightened.
- v. excite to some characteristic action or condition, such as motion, contraction, or nervous impulse, by the application of a stimulus
- v. excite to an abnormal condition, or chafe or inflame
- v. cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations
- From Latin irritatus, past participle of irritare ("to excite, irritate, incite, stimulate") (Wiktionary)
- Latin irrītāre, irrītāt-. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Tony swung back to him, his expression irritate "What are you talking about?”
“(even by the fact that the word irritate has too many double letters in it).”
“And even though it's not a rule that you HAVE to tip it does kind of irritate me sometimes that you're expected to tip AND pay the 5% surcharge.”
“From the Guttmacher Institute on IUDs intrauterine devices--they're put in the uterine lining to "irritate" it to prevent implantation of an embryo:”
“Yes, yes, the pirate wants to "irritate" the politicians.”
“Maybe "irritate" was actually "seizure" in Korea -- but seizures still don't make you drop dead though they can kill, it's a bit more complicated and you can generally survive until reaching a hospital.”
“Things would kind of irritate -- you know, things would, you know -- I would be able to ignore a lot of things that bothered me.”
“IFP general-secretary at the time, Oscar Dhlomo, who said on state television Gasa's remarks to the press would "irritate" Inkatha.”
“Jest kind of irritate one another, eh?" said Scattergood, thoughtfully.”
“I don't want to be that guy, but doesn't it kind of irritate you when people ask for how to die?”
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