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Meaning of IRRITATE

Pronunciation:  'iri`teyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  excite to an abnormal condition, of chafe or inflame; "Aspirin irritates my stomach"
  2. [v]  physiology and biology: excite to some characteristic action or condition, as motion, contraction, or nervous impulse, by the application of a stimulus; "irritate the glands of a leaf"
  3. [v]  cause annoyance in; disturb, esp. by minor irritations; "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me"; "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"

IRRITATE is a 8 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: annoy, bother, chafe, devil, get at, get to, gravel, nark, nettle, rag, rile, vex
 Antonyms: soothe
 See Also: aggravate, antagonise, antagonize, beset, chafe, chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, displease, eat into, exacerbate, exasperate, excite, fret, fret, gall, get, grate, harass, harry, hassle, itch, molest, peeve, pinch, plague, provoke, rankle, rub, ruffle, scratch, stimulate, vellicate, worsen



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ir"ri*tate\, v. t. [See 1 st {Irritant}.]
    To render null and void. [R.] --Abp. Bramhall.
  2. \Ir"ri*tate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Irritated}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Irritating}.] [L. irritatus, p. p. of irritare. Of
    doubtful origin.]
    1. To increase the action or violence of; to heighten
       excitement in; to intensify; to stimulate.
             Cold maketh the spirits vigorous and irritateth
             them.                                 --Bacon.
    2. To excite anger or displeasure in; to provoke; to tease;
       to exasperate; to annoy; to vex; as, the insolence of a
       tyrant irritates his subjects.
             Dismiss the man, nor irritate the god: Prevent the
             rage of him who reigns above.         --Pope.
    3. (Physiol.) To produce irritation in; to stimulate; to
       cause to contract. See {Irritation}, n., 2.
    4. (Med.) To make morbidly excitable, or oversensitive; to
       fret; as, the skin is irritated by friction; to irritate a
       wound by a coarse bandage.
    Syn: To fret; inflame; excite; provoke; tease; vex;
         exasperate; anger; incense; enrage.
    Usage: To {Irritate}, {Provoke}, {Exasperate}. These words
           express different stages of excited or angry feeling.
           Irritate denotes an excitement of quick and slightly
           angry feeling which is only momentary; as, irritated
           by a hasty remark. To provoke implies the awakening of
           some open expression of decided anger; as, a provoking
           insult. Exasperate denotes a provoking of anger at
           something unendurable. Whatever comes across our
           feelings irritates; whatever excites anger provokes;
           whatever raises anger to a high point exasperates.
           ``Susceptible and nervous people are most easily
           irritated; proud people are quickly provoked; hot and
           fiery people are soonest exasperated.'' --Crabb.
  3. \Ir"ri*tate\, a.
    Excited; heightened. [Obs.]
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