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  • It is a wrathful trade, and the irritabile genus comprehends the bookselling as well as the book-writing species. —

    The Monastery

  • “Men of the genus irritabile, my worthy good gentleman! — and you are one.”

    Roundabout Papers

  • It would be well for all of the genus irritabile thus to add something of skilled labour to intangible brain-work.

    Virginibus Puerisque and other papers

  • Systema nervosum maxime irritabile, organos patitur.

    Travels through France and Italy

  • And let it be remembered, as an admonition to the genus irritabile of dramatick writers, that this great man, instead of peevishly complaining of the bad taste of the town, submitted to its decision without a murmur.

    The Life of Samuel Johnson LL.D.

  • For the sake of human nature it is to be lamented that popular applause produced envy, and jealousy between them, and notwithstanding their divine talents, they sunk into the littleness that degrades the lowest of the poets (irritabile genus) and regarded each other with abhorrence.

    The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor Volume I, Number 3

  • This was as true of Tennyson, Browning, Matthew Arnold, and all the _genus irritabile vatum_, as of the politicians and the men of action.

    Victorian Worthies Sixteen Biographies

  • Dogberry, and has many a time been "condemned to everlasting redemption," at least by the _genus irritabile_.

    The History of "Punch"

  • Now the _genus irritabile vatum_, even when their thoughts, as Carlyle put it, "enrich the blood of the world," have very generally appeared to the plain man of goodwill as very defective in the art of living.

    Cambridge Essays on Education

  • The annals of the _genus irritabile_ scarcely show a parallel to such a career.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 06, No. 37, November, 1860


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