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  • adv. In an irascible manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In an irascible manner.


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  • I know it's alive now, because it's waving its single claw irascibly in my direction.

    Diary of a separation

  • If we were irascibly inconsiderate in the boom years, goodness knows how we'll treat each other in the lean years.

    On the decline of civility

  • I have known Parke all my life, so it is terribly hard to imagine the world without him — without knowing he is there to reminisce with, get an engagingly/irascibly direct comment from, or just to walk through his worlds of treasures.

    Boing Boing

  • He seems a man used to being listened to: his sentences unspool evenly, sometimes a shade irascibly, from beginning to end, often as anecdotes topped and tailed and full of random facts, gloried in for their own sake? annual expenditure on farmers 'boots in the 19th century; the ubiquity then of shoe trees; did you know that in Victorian England, most of the women read and most of the men didn't?

    Terry Pratchett: 'I'm open to joy. But I'm also more cynical'

  • After all, she used to be one of them, working against the Vietnam War and for the environment before landing a position with then Congressman John Burton, the irascibly colorful character who now chairs the California Democratic Party.

    California Story: Brown, Boxer, and (Un)convention(al) Politics

  • And only one character, irascibly charming infotech maven Chloe O'Brien, who began in Season 3, survived a series of those terrible endless days to the end by Jack Bauer's side.

    William Bradley: Time Slips Away for 24 and Lost in Very Different Finales

  • Everything in this godforsaken country turns into a fiesta, Won Kim thinks irascibly.

    The Lady Matador’s Hotel

  • This community, known very accurately to American but not British historiography as the Scotch-Irish, is generally agreed by all who have subsequently had to deal with them to be the most violent and irascibly aggressive of any Anglophone population – including the native Irish.

    June Jobs Decline–Whites Bear The Brunt

  • At this interesting point, the little judge interposed most irascibly; and the effect of the interposition was, that both the worthy lady and Mrs. Sanders were politely taken out of court, under the escort of Mr. Jackson, without further parley.

    The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club

  • ‘I know that, fool, do I not?’ said Ralph, irascibly.

    Nicholas Nickleby


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